Who Are The Most Important Badgers against Iowa?

Who Are The Most Important Badgers against Iowa?

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Who Are The Most Important Badgers against Iowa?

The Big Ten went 5-7 against FBS competition last weekend, an ugly sign as the conference transitions into its first full slate of conference games. Few losses were as ugly, or as surprising as No.6 Wisconsin’s 24-21 loss to BYU that snapped the Badgers’ 41-game nonconference home winning streak. Having dropped to No.18 in the country, the Badgers will now have to quickly refocus their attention with a tough opening draw of having to travel to Iowa in primetime Saturday.

The Hawkeyes have started off strong through three games, averaging 28 points per contest and giving up only eight per game in wins over Northern Illinois, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa. If Wisconsin’s offense is going to have success on Saturday, the Badgers are going to need to clean up their deficiencies exposed by BYU before playing in what is expected to be a raucous night crowd at Kinnick Stadium.

The rankings for the Front Seven are determined based on performance from last week, expectations this coming week and need. Here are our seven players most important in helping the Badgers to a victory over Iowa.

Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses   

7, Wide Receiver A.J. Taylor (6)

Taylor posted his fewest receptions (two) and receiving yards (31) on the season in the loss to BYU. In order for Wisconsin’s offense to stretch the field against Iowa, Taylor needs to get back on track with quarterback Alex Hornibrook and be the consistent target he was through the first two games. Iowa’s secondary has allowed 167 passing yards a game but hasn’t faced many pass-happy offenses. In order for Wisconsin to take pressure off of its running game, Taylor and the rest of UW’s wide receivers need to create the separation, generate passing windows and consistently make the catch when targeted.

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