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Hawkeyes get ready for Badgers

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The Heartland trophy is once again on the line as Iowa and Wisconsin meet up for the first time in three years --

The Hawkeyes will look to regain the hardware after suffering a one point loss in the 2010 game --

To do that -- they'll need to slow down Badger running back Melvin Gordon -- who currently ranks 5th in division one with 1,012 rushing yards this season --

He'll be going up against a Hawkeye defense that ranks in the top 15-- giving up just 18 points a game --

Interestingly -- the Wisconsin sophomore nearly became a Hawkeye -- Gordon verbally committed to Iowa in 20-10 but changed his mind 3 months later opting to remain in his home state -- Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz talked about that earlier Tuesday.

"He was a guy we liked an awful lot in the recruiting process. We still like him a lot. I am sure he's still a great young man. He's obviously a very good football player. It's kind of part of the recruiting deal. It's
like bad breaks or injuries, if you can't deal with those kinds of things, you probably ought to do something else."

Iowa and Wisconsin kick it off at 11 O'clock Saturday morning.

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