What makes a good rivalry? A border-battle? Competitiveness? A trophy? Wisconsin vs Minnesota, the longest running rivalry in Division 1 NCAA football, has fit only two of these categories in recent years. Today’s game was no exception. Wisconsin has won the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe each year since 2004, with varying degrees of difficulty. Not since the mid-2000’s though, has Minnesota brought any significant challenge to the boys in Red.
According to a report by Phil Miller of the Star Tribune, Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill has elected to start true-freshman Phillip Nelson at quarterback against Wisconsin on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Neslon, who was expected to take a redshirt this season, would forfeit his redshirt should he make the start.
Marquees Gray, who came into the season as the starting quarterback for the Golden Gophers, has battled a leg injury for the majority of the season and his status for Saturday's game is in question .
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the NCAA has reduced the suspension of Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles to 11 games.
That numbers is down from the season-long suspension the NCAA originally issued. The 11 game span makes up just 30 percent of the Badgers season.
Andy Johnson of Bucky's 5th Quarter is reporting that Kerdiles is expected to stay at Wisconsin and that the two games he sat out against Northern Michigan will count toward the 11 games. Following that timeline, Kerdiles would be eligible to play on November 30 when the Badgers travel to Denver.
The University of Wisconsin has released a statement on the matter. The statement can be read in its entirety here.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.no comments
It's finally here, o.k., it's really just under 24 hours till kickoff in the 122nd edition of Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. It's the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe and to both sides of this rivalry there's nothing finer than parading around the field chopping down goalposts with the Axe.
For Wisconsin fans there's the hope they aren't seeing Gopher players and coaches rushing our sideline to take the axe for the first time in 9 seasons and while they say that you can throw the records out in rivalry games what you can't throw out is one team being really bad and one team actually being pretty good.
That's where we are at on the cusp of the Badgers vs. Gophs this season. Minnesota thought they were something after winning all their non-conference games only to be slapped back to earth and are currently winless in the Big Ten after losing Floyd of Rosedale to Iowa and losing to Northwestern. What's better? They mustered all of 13 points in each of those games. Come to Camp Randall and put up 13 points and Bucky will send you back to Minnesota with a beating of a lifetime.
Nothing gives Badger fans greater pleasure (other than winning a third straight Big Ten title this season) than knowing the trophy case in Minneapolis is completely bare at this point in time. Lord knows it drives Goph fans totally crazy and the hate has spewed from their side all week long while it's been relatively quiet on the UW side of things.no comments
The landscape of college football is clearly changing come 2014 and to that end so is the Badgers schedule along with it. Earlier tonight the Badgers released a statement that they are adding the Maryland Terrapins to their schedules in 2020 and 2021.
“The world of college football changes dramatically in 2014 with the implementation of the playoff system,” head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “This is another step towards strengthening our non-conference schedule and helping us recruit nationally.”
Wisconsin will host the first game in the series with the Badgers going out to College Park, MD to visit the Terps the following season. These will be first games ever between these teams, unless they somehow meet in a bowl matchup before then, which is highly unlikely at this point.
The Terps are the 2nd ACC opponent to be announced as a future home and home series after Virginia Tech was added for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Wisconsin last played anyone from the ACC in the 2009 Champ Sports Bowl, beating Miami 20-14 in Orlando, FL. The last regular season game against an ACC foe was in 2005 when Wisconsin traveled to Chapel Hill and beat North Carolina 14-5 in Barry Alvarez's final season at the helm of the football team.
Right now Maryland is in the 2nd season of the Randy Edsall era and are 4-2 this season overall and are currently on top of the ACC Atlantic Division at 2-0 in conference play. They have made 7 bowl appearances in the last 11 seasons as well.
Overall this announcement means the Badgers will face at least one BCS level opponent for each of the next 9 seasons in a row and expect that to continue into the foreseeable future with the way the new playoff system will be measured.
At this time no other opponents for the 2020 and 2021 seasons are know.no comments
It's been a long held joke, especially since the end of the Glen Mason era and start of the Tim Brewster era that Minnesota was in-state recruiting for Wisconsin. However, the hire of Jerry Kill, a very underrated and hard working recruiter has begun to change a lot of that. You could even say that once again the battles off the field for recruits is becoming as big as the on the field battle for the axe between these two schools.
Currently Wisconsin has six members of their team from Minnesota, which includes defensive line starters Brendan Kelly (Eden Prairie) and Beau Allen (Minnetonka).
On the flip side Minnesota's roster has thirteen players from the state of Wisconsin, with four of them being starters. Those four are Cameron Botticelli (Milwaukee) at defensive tackle, Zac Epping (Kenosha) at offensive line, Jake Filkins (Prescott) at long snapper, and David Schwerman (Kettle Moraine) at holder.
So, despite the 8 game winning streak there's a lot at stake for players who've "crossed the border" so to speak. But looking to the future the state of Wisconsin is becoming a huge battleground for players both at the scholarship level and the preferred walk-on level for the Badgers.no comments
If you missed the show last night, you missed a damn good one. Arman and I played six degrees of Kenny DeBauche as our editor Andy grew up with Kenny and our first guest, BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull, roomed with Kenny his freshman year of college.
We talked Purdue's ass kicking and what's up with Darius Latham with Ben Worgull and then it was a trip down memory lane with former Badgers punting great Kenny DeBauche. He holds the best season average for a punter in UW history at 44.8 yards per punt.
Kenny also gave us his thoughts on this years team and his predicition for the Minnesota game. It's safe to say he was a wealth of knowledge for us. So, check out the show here:
It's Axe Week and the litany of jokes between the two sides is long and notorious, but so is the history between these two teams. After all, this is a series that's about to be played for the 122nd time on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Since 1890 these teams have gone against each other every season except 1906 (for obvious reasons of the sports ban) and while it's not always been for Paul Bunyan's Axe or heck, even for the Slab of Bacon, there's been many memorable moments on both sides of this rivalry.
That got us to thinking, what are the greatest moments in the last 121 years of this game? It wasn't easy coming up with the list because amazingly some of the greatest moments in Badger football history are also the greatest moments in this Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. But, we aren't here because we take the easy way out, right? So, we've put our brain trust together once again and come up with our Top 5 Moments in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe.
Now before we get to the list, the criteria we used was simple, it had to be a play, player, or result from either side. Let's face it, Wisconsin isn't the only one with history in this game, otherwise why is it a rivalry, right? Let's get to the list, shall we?no comments
Earlier today the USA Today Coaches Poll released their preseason rankings and the Badgers came in ranked No. 21. Wisconsin received 191 total points, just 6 behind No. 20 San Diego State. Wisconsin was the last of a nation best 5 teams from the Big Ten conference to be ranked. Indiana was dubbed preseason favorites by being ranked No. 1 in the poll.
The Badgers finished last season ranked No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following their run to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA tournament and will look to head back to the tourney for the 12th straight year this season.
With all but one starter back it's not that surprising to see the Badgers in the rankings, even if that missing starter was the do-everything Jordan Taylor. This team still returns the vast majority of it's scoring presence and adds one of the most sought after freshman in the country in Sam Dekker to the frontcourt.no comments
Last night multiple reports confirmed that one of the Badgers top 2013 targets, Darius Latham, decommitted from Wisconsin and appears headed to his home state Hoosiers. His loss is surely a blow to the class, especially since he was one of the top 2 prospects committed to Wisconsin. It's got to leave the Badgers searching for a few answers as to how that happened and where to head in the class.
Some fans went into freak out mode because of the loss, but at the end of the day this class is still going to be an impressive one in terms of talent, maybe not numbers. Names like Chekwe Obasih, Alec James and Sam Rairdon are still defensive line commits and quality players in their own right. Does it suck to lose someone that most recruiting services had as a four star recruit? Sure, but perhaps it had as much to do with what he was seeing on the roster as well as what's being built at Indiana.
We'll be exploring those reasons and what's next for Wisconsin tomorrow night on Badgers Power Hour with Ben Worgull of The Badger Nation. So make sure to tun in live for all the latest on that situation.no comments