Badgers should remain unbeaten

With running back Anthony Davis leading the way, Wisconsin will reclaim the Axe against Minnesota.

Originally Published: November 4, 2004
By Tony Granieri | Scouts, Inc.
With their perfect season on the line, the Wisconsin Badgers will need to step up Saturday against a dangerous Minnesota team that would love to spoil championship aspirations.

Who: Minnesota at Wisconsin (4)
When: Sat., 3:30 ET (ABC)
Where: Camp Randall, Madison, Wis.
This Big Ten showdown features three of the best running backs in the country, as Wisconsin's Anthony Davis is set to go blow-for-blow with the dynamic duo of Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber of Minnesota. Davis is the focal point of the Badgers' attack, while Maroney and Barber have combined for nearly 2,000 yards this season. Now the question is: Can Davis match the production of Minnesota's two-headed monster?

The game marks the 114th meeting between Wisconsin and Minnesota – the longest rivalry in Division I-A football. The two teams have played every year since 1907 and have competed for Paul Bunyan's Axe every season since 1948.

Although Wisconsin, coming off a bye week, holds a 30-23-3 advantage since the introduction of the Axe, the Badgers are hungry to reclaim the trophy after the Gophers took it in 2003 with a last-second field goal.