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Fun Facts: Wisconsin-Iowa, the Gus Johnson Edition

Only 1 of the 2 starting quarterbacks is from Wisconsin

The Heartland Trophy is up for grabs Saturday night. “Heartland” is a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series in its 12th season and is the longest-running scripted drama in CBC history. It has nothing to do with Iowa or Wisconsin.

That’s a Fun Fact. Here are more:

1. Iowa has covered the point spread in all three of its games. Wisconsin has failed to cover in all three of its games.

2. After Saturday, the Hawkeyes will have one home game in the following 48 days.

3. Iowa is allowing just 1.54 yards per carry (82 carries for 126 yards), behind only Michigan State (1.28) and Air Force (1.42). The NCAA record for a season (minimum 400 carries defended) is North Texas State’s 1.26 in 1966, 408 carries for 513 yards.

4. The home team had lost six straight games in this series until Wisconsin beat Iowa in Madison last year. The Hawkeyes have lost their last four games against the Badgers in Kinnick Stadium.

5. This is the seventh-straight time Wisconsin has been nationally ranked when it played Iowa.

6. Of the four Wisconsin coaches who have gone up against Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, the only one with a losing record is College Football Hall of Famer Barry Alvarez (3-4). The others are Bret Bielema (3-2), Gary Andersen (2-0) and current coach Paul Chryst (2-1).

7. Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor is second in the nation in rushing average with 515 yards over three games. He averages 6.7 yards per carry, which is quite good. But national leader Darrell Henderson of Memphis, who has 6 more rushing yards than Taylor, is averaging 14.5 yards per carry. Which is insane.

8. This is the first time Iowa has opened the season with four home games since 1942. It started that season with five, including contests against Great Lakes and Camp Grant. Life during wartime.

9. It’s the 92nd meeting of the Hawkeyes and Badgers, which is 91 more times than Iowa has played Rutgers.

10. Ten Badgers and nine Hawkeyes offensive linemen have been selected over the last 10 NFL drafts. Alabama, naturally, leads the nation in that time with 12.

11. Wisconsin defensive lineman Olive Sagapolu plays the ukulele. He also was a cheerleader in high school.

12. Iowa linebacker Kristian Welch is from Iola, Wis. That’s also the hometown of Dave Krieg, who played at now-defunct Milton College in Wisconsin being a quarterback before playing for 19 seasons in the NFL and passing for 261 touchdowns.

13. Welch is one of 13 players from Wisconsin on the Hawkeyes’ roster, including starting quarterback Nate Stanley. Wisconsin starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook is from Pennsylvania. Penn State starting quarterback Trace McSorley is from Virginia. Virginia starting quarterback Bryce Perkins is from Arizona. Arizona starting quarterback Khalil Tate is from California.

14. This is what Stugotz said during his Weekend Observations Monday on the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz: “Wisconsin. Wasn’t a matter of if. Just when.” He was referring to the Badgers’ 24-21 loss to BYU last Saturday.

15. Wisconsin had won 26 straight games against nonconference opponents and had a 20-game regular-season winning streak before that game with BYU.

16. The daughter of Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta is named Madison.


17. Augustus Cornelius Johnson Jr., will be the play-by-play announcer for Fox’s telecast of this game. You may know him as “Gus.” He got a little wound up when he called an Iowa game of three seasons ago.

18. Jenny Taft will be Fox’s sideline reporter. She has covered events ranging from World Cup soccer to Monster Energy Supercross to the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Westminster Dog Show. She lettered in lacrosse for four years at Boston University.

19. According to, in 2017 Iowa had the fourth-most adult obesity in the U.S. with 36.4 percent, while Wisconsin was ranked 21st with 32.0 percent. Huh?

20. Last month, the Princeton Review named UW-Madison America’s No. 8 party school. Iowa wasn’t in the rankings. No. 1 was the University of Delaware. When you think “party,” you think “Delaware.”

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