The image of the empty display case at Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has provided a daily source of motivation this season for the players passing by. The time has come for the Badgers to try to take back the traveling trophy they lost to Minnesota last year for only the third time since 1994.
There are other incentives for the Badgers football team in today’s Big Ten Conference border battle with Minnesota.
The game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will determine the Big Ten West Division winner … and who has the upper hand in a landmark series that began in 1890 and is deadlocked at 60-60-8.
Also up for grabs is a potential Rose Bowl berth, and the eighth 10-win regular season in UW history.
Running back Jonathan Taylor– currently the No. 2 rusher in the NCAA– needs 144 rushing yards to become the first ball-carrier in FBS history to amass 6,000 in his first three college seasons, adding another bullet point to his Heisman Trophy resume.
We’ll have Badgers-Gophers Border Battle action for you on 940 WFAW, starting today at noon.