Wisconsin wide receiver Jazz Peavy (11), a Tremper graduate, tries to make a reception against Iowa defensive back Greg Mabin in the second half Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. The pass was incomplete. Wisconsin won 17-9. ( AP PHOTO )
IOWA CITY, Iowa — In just three weeks, Wisconsin might go from being the toast of the Big Ten West to, well, toast in the Big Ten West.
The 10th-ranked Badgers (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) earned the nation’s respect after close losses to Michigan and Ohio State, dropping just two spots in this week’s poll. And yet a loss on Saturday at unranked Iowa (5-2, 3-1) would put the Badgers three back of the Hawkeyes in the win column with just five games left.
Beating LSU at Lambeau Field was nice and all, but there’s nothing like Ohio State coming to town.
“This is as big as it can get,” Wisconsin redshirt junior and 2013 Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy said. “This is something you dream of, being at games like this. A night game at Camp Randall against the No. 2 team in the country. I mean you can’t really ask for more. This is just a big stage for everybody. I’ve always had a mindset not to make anything bigger than what it really is, but it’s big.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Wilton Speight threw a tiebreaking, 46-yard touchdown pass to Amara Darboh midway through the fourth quarter and Jourdan Lewis had a spectacular, one-handed interception as No. 4 Michigan held on to beat No. 8 Wisconsin 14-7 on Saturday.
“I’ve seen Odell Beckham do that,” Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. “The most impressive thing about it was he jumped a little early.”
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State-Wisconsin rivalry was just getting good when the matchup disappeared from the Big Ten schedule for a bit.
In 2011, the Spartans beat the Badgers on a Hail Mary, but Wisconsin won a thrilling rematch in the Big Ten championship game. Michigan State beat the Badgers in overtime in 2012, but the teams haven’t faced each other since.
MADISON — Wisconsin would like to develop some passing options to complement its running game.
With Big Ten play looming, the ninth-ranked Badgers’ matchup Saturday against Georgia State at Camp Randall Stadium serves as the final nonconference tuneup for first-year starting quarterback Bart Houston and a receiving corps looking to provide balance on offense.
The Bradford graduate will go down in history as the first player ever to score a touchdown in U.S. Bank Stadium, which debuted Sunday with a preseason game in which the host Minnesota Vikings defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-10 in Minneapolis.