IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) 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) 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.
There's also No. 8 Nebraska (6-0, 3-0), which hosts a Purdue team that just fired its coach on Saturday before it visits Wisconsin next week.