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Home NEWS COLLEGE BADGERS After 129 years, Badgers-Gophers battle for axe, exactly tied, 60-60-8
After 129 years, Badgers-Gophers battle for axe, exactly tied, 60-60-8

After 129 years, Badgers-Gophers battle for axe, exactly tied, 60-60-8

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A shot at No. 3 Ohio State and bragging rights in the 129-year series playing for Paul Bunyan’s axe is on the line this weekend.

The No. 13 University of Wisconsin football team heads to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on ninth-ranked Minnesota for Paul Bunyan’s axe.

File — Wisconsin defensive end Alec James (57) holds up Paul Bunyan’s Axe after the team won 31-0 against Minnesota in an NCAA college football game back on Nov. 25, 2017, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

This game isn’t just just about breaking a 60-60-8 tie that began in 1890 for the axe, however.

It’s also for the Big Ten-West title and, maybe not a chance to get into the college football playoff, but one to play spoiler and potentially knock out Ohio State (11-0, 8-0).

The Badgers (9-2, 6-2) lost to Minnesota (10-1, 7-1) last year, ending a 14-game win streak for the axe.

Oddly enough, five of the eight ties in the series came in runs. The teams tied for three consecutive seasons from 1923-1925 and twice in 1952 and ’53.


TOP PHOTO: Minnesota players celebrate with the Paul Bunyan Axe trophy after beating Wisconsin 37-15 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

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