MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Fourth-ranked Wisconsin tries to
remain unbeaten and move into a first-place tie atop the Big Ten
Conference standings when it hosts struggling Minnesota on
Saturday in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe.
The Badgers (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) have not played since a 24-12
home win over Northwestern on October 23.
Anthony Davis ran for a pair of touchdowns for Wisconsin, which
was missing injured defensive ends Erasmus James and Jonathan
The Badgers trail idle Michigan by one-half game and would earn
the Big Ten's top bowl berth were they to finish in a
first-place tie by virtue of a superior overall record.
Minnesota (6-3, 3-3) has dropped three of its last four games,
including last week's 30-21 setback at Indiana in which it blew
an early 14-0 lead.
Bryan Cupito tossed a pair of touchdowns but completed just
11-of-30 passes for 182 yards and an interception for the Golden
Gophers, who surprisingly were outgained on the ground,
It is the most-played rivalry in Division I-A football with 113
previous meetings, including every year since 1907. The winner
gets to keep the Axe on its campus.
The Badgers have won seven of the last nine in the series.
However, Minnesota won last year, 37-34, on Rhys Lloyd's 35-yard
field goal as time expired. Lloyd then ran across the field to
snag the Axe from the Badgers' bench.