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The Axe returned to the Minnesota Gophers for the first time since 2003, but this year’s where the fun begins. Minnesota’s having it’s best season since the early 1900’s, but Wisconsin can spoil it and steal their spot in the Big Ten Championship Game. The competition for the trophy hasn’t been this intense, and the implications for this one are arguably the most drastic ever.
Date: Saturday, November 30th
Start time: 2:30pm CT
How to watch: ABC
Line: Wisconsin -2.5
Location: TCF Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN)
Players to watch
QB Tanner Morgan
DE Carter Coughlin
WR Tyler Johnson
S Antoine Winfield Jr.
WR Rashod Bateman
RB Jonthan Taylor
LB Chris Orr
LB Zack Baun
QB Jack Coan
OT Cole Van Lanen
Minnesota Gophers Outlook
Believe it or not, the College Football Playoff remains in play for the Gophers. If they win out, they’re in. Wins over two ranked teams add to their resume, but Wisconsin and Ohio State present tough challenges. Minnesota’s key to the game is simple: stop Jonathan Taylor. Wisconsin’s offense has yet to show they can throw the ball downfield consistently, so stopping the All-American back gives them a great chance of winning. Tanner Morgan and Tyler Johnson lead a passing attack that will give the Badgers fits all game.
Wisconsin Badgers Outlook
Oh man is Jonathan Taylor good, but he can’t do everything himself. Okay, so he actually can, but he won’t do that against the Gophers. If Minnesota found a way to upset the Badgers last year, it’s not unreasonable to think they can do it again. For the first time in a long time, the Badgers are playing the role of the spoilers. Preventing the Gophers from making the Big Ten championship and the playoff becomes their primary goal. Stopping a balanced Minnesota offense gives them plenty to worry about on defense.
Wisconsin and Minnesota find themselves in unfamiliar territory, but both know what’s at stake. Minnesota has lofty goals, and the Badgers want to ruin them. Wisconsin won 14 games in a row, but could Minnesota start their own 14-game win streak? It seems unlikely, but the Gophers are on the rise. They’ve shown they can handle the pressure, and this game won’t be any different. MINNESOTA 27 WISCONSIN 24