November 6, 2011 Leave a comment
MADISON, Wis. – The most-played rivalry in the FBS continues Saturday when Wisconsin travels to Minneapolis to face Minnesota for the 121st time. The Big Ten announced on Sunday that the game will start at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by BTN. The Badger-Gopher series has been contested on the gridiron every year since 1890, with the exception of 1906. Since 1948 the two teams have annually battled for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, one of the most recognizable trophies in college football.
Minnesota leads the all-time series between the teams 59-53-8 but UW has won seven-straight games, and 14 of the last 16, against the Gophers. Wisconsin’s current seven-game winning streak is its longest in the series. Minnesota holds the longest win streak in the series, having beaten the Badgers nine consecutive times from 1933-1941. The last four meetings in Minneapolis have all been decided by a touchdown or less, including Wisconsin’s 31-28 win over the Gophers in 2009. Last year UW defeated Minnesota, 41-23, at Camp Randall Stadium.