Wisconsin Badgers go for nine straight against rival Gophers

Every time Wisconsin meets with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Badgers coach Bret Bielema makes sure to give all of his freshman a history lesson on FBS’s oldest rivalry.

Recent history has been kind to the Badgers who have won eight straight in the illustrious battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

After opposite starts to the season, the Badgers and Gophers are in pursuit of the same thing and that’s a bowl game. One slight different separates them though; the Badgers are looking for a berth to a significant bowl while the Gophers are merely trying to be bowl-eligible.

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Examining how the Wisconsin Badgers could go 12-0 or 0-12

Pundits and fans alike have tagged the 2012 Wisconsin Badgers as the favorites to come out of the Big Ten Leaders Division and possibly a darkhorse candidate for the National Championship Game.

Here’s a look at each of the Badgers twelve opponents and what they have to do to win each game as well as how they could lose every game.

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Wisconsin Badgers still in the hunt for a Big Ten Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bo Ryan-led Wisconsin Badgers squad will rarely impress you with pure talent, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win. The Badgers run one of the least sexy offenses in the country and play such fundamental defense that they almost lull opposing teams to sleep.

This season has been no different with the #22 Badgers checking in at 19-6 and 8-4 in the Big Ten Conference, just a game and a half back of the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2).

One difference that has popped up this season is the Badgers solid play on the road. Did you know the Badgers have lost more games at home than on the road? With an overtime win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Wisconsin improved to 6-2 away from the Kohl Center.

With three of the next four games on the road, the Badgers hopes for a Big Ten Title will ride on continuing to compete outside the state-lines. [Read more…]

Wisconsin Badgers Rumblings; Destiny, Records and Much Much More

 

 

 

 

 

Besides a few injuries, this past Saturday couldn’t have went any better for the #18 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 4-2) who took home Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 8th consecutive year with a 42-13 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Badgers now control their own destiny in the Big Ten Leaders division due to Purdue’s upset of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska’s courageous win over the Nittany Lions. All Wisconsin has to do is win out and their headed to Indianapolis for the  first-ever Big Ten Championship game.

On top of all that, Badgers players were busy making a dent in the record book this weekend. [Read more…]

#18 Wisconsin and Minnesota Battle For The Axe (Game Preview)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday, the #18 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2, 3-2) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-7, 1-4) will meet for the 121st time which ranks as the most-played rivalry in FBS history.

In the last decade, the Badgers have been in full control of Paul Bunyan’s Axe as they go into the latest installment of the series winning the last seven games, including thee of them on the road in Minneapolis.

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