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Badgers Look To Beat Gophers, Keep Axe

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The Badgers hoist Paul Bunyan's Axe after beating Minnesota in 2012 The Badgers hoist Paul Bunyan's Axe after beating Minnesota in 2012
Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen

Madison (WQOW) -- The Badgers did a little celebrating after Saturday's blowout of Indiana, but Wisconsin was back to work the very next day, getting ready for a trip to Minnesota.

Like the Badgers, the Gophers are also 8-2.  Wisconsin has a nine-game win streak over Minnesota. 

This week, the older guys in the Wisconsin program have spent a fair amount of time educating the younger ones about what this rivalry means and how important it is to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe in Madison.

"It's kind of a tradition each year when we play Minnesota, to have the highlights running non-stop on the TV's around our facility," says Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland, "so they're getting an idea this week."

"We all know in rivalries like this, it's a one-game championship," says Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, "the kids that have been in this program for a long time, they get it, they understand it, so the young kids need to understand the tradition and they need to learn, quickly, what it's all about."

The Badgers and Gophers will kick it off at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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