||at Arizona State
||at #4 Ohio State*
||Big Ten Championship
Badgers seek 10th-straight win over Gophers
Wisconsin seeks to retain Paul Bunyan's Axe
Winners of five straight games, No. 16-ranked Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) heads to Minneapolis in search of its 10th-consecutive win over Minnesota in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium is set for 2:35 p.m. on ESPN.
Wisconsin's nine-game win streak over the Golden Gophers matches the longest by either team in the most-played rivalry in the FBS, a series that dates back to 1890 and will be renewed for the 123rd time on Saturday.
Badgers fans can watch the game on ESPN, with Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill on the call. The game will also be on the Badger Radio Network, where fans can listen in with Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas and Scott Nelson.
| Game 11 | #16/17 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1) vs. Indiana (8-2, 4-2)
|| Saturday, Nov. 23 | 2:30 p.m. (CT)
|| Minneapolis, Minn. | TCF Bank Stadium
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| All-Time Series
|| Minnesota leads, 58-56-8
| Game Notes
|| Wisconsin | Minnesota
KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER
• Over the last eight seasons (since 2006), the Badgers are 26-4 (.867) after Nov. 1, excluding bowl games. That's the second-best such record of any FBS team in that span, trailing only Boise State (28-4, .875).
• The Badgers are 11-4 in November road games since the start of the 2006 season.
• Since it added a second trophy game in 2004 (with the debut of the Heartland Trophy vs. Iowa), Wisconsin is 13-4 in trophy games. The Badgers currently possess both Paul Bunyan's Axe and the Heartland Trophy.
During its nine-game win streak over the Gophers -- which includes four wins in Minneapolis -- Wisconsin has averaged 39.1 points while holding Minnesota to an average of 15.2.
• With Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award semifinalist Melvin Gordon (1,306) and James White (1,156), Wisconsin is the only FBS team to boast a pair of players with more than 1,000 rushing yards this season.
• White is the active leader among FBS players in touchdowns (47), rushing touchdowns (44) and multiple-TD games (13) and ranks No. 2 in rushing at 3,727 yards. Gordon is the FBS' active career leader in average yards per rush at 8.51 yards per carry.
• White has rushed for 380 yards in three career games vs. Minnesota (an average of 126.7), including 175 last season. He has averaged 7.9 yards per carry against the Gophers for his career and has scored five touchdowns..
NUMBERS TO KNOW
8.51: Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon is the nation's active career leader in rushing average at 8.51 yards per carry. With 238 career attempts, Gordon needs 62 more carries to reach 300 and be eligible to break the all-time FBS record of 8.26 set by Army's Glenn Davis (1943-46).
30.6: After facing two of the four fastest-operating offenses in the FBS in consecutive weeks -- BYU is No. 2 nationally at 19.2 seconds per play and Indiana is 4th at 19.5 -- the Badgers' defense will adjust to the second-slowest FBS offense in Minnesota (30.6 seconds/play).
|RB James White
FOR STARTERS: OFFENSE
• UW has racked up more than 500 yards of total offense in five of its 10 games and is averaging 505.8 total yards per game. Wisconsin's school record for total offense is 469.9 yards per game, set in 2011.
• Wisconsin's efficient offense has averaged 7.36 yards per play this season, the fifth-best average in the nation and the best by a Big Ten team. Baylor leads all FBS teams at 8.50 yards per play.
The Badgers have tallied 15 offensive plays of 50-plus yards, which ranks No. 2 nationally and trails only Baylor's nation-leading total of 18.
• Of Wisconsin's 15 plays of 50-plus yards, 10 have gone for touchdowns. Wisconsin tied for second nationally last season with 15 offensive plays of at least 50 yards (trailing only Utah State's 18).
The Badgers also rank second nationally in plays of 60-plus yards (11) and are tied for the national lead in plays of 70-plus yards (6) and 80-plus yards (3).
• Despite its ability to quickly move the ball with big plays, Wisconsin has still managed to keep the ball away from its opponents and ranks No. 3 nationally in time of possession at an average of 34:06 per game. Michigan State leads the nation in time of possession at 34:56.
• The Badgers rank sixth nationally in rushing at 307.9 yards per game, an average that trails only Ohio State (315.1) among Big Ten teams.
• Wisconsin's 554 rushing yards vs. Indiana marked the second-highest total in school history (trailing only the school-record 564 yards UW racked up vs. Indiana in 2012) and the highest rushing output by an FBS team this season.
FOR STARTERS: DEFENSE
• Running the new 3-4 scheme installed by first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Wisconsin's defense has been stellar in 2013, ranking No. 5 nationally in scoring defense (14.0 points per game) and No. 6 in total defense (287.8 yards per game). The Badgers rank No. 2 among Big Ten teams in both categories. UW is also in the top 12 nationally in rushing defense and passing defense.
• Wisconsin's defense has held 5 of its 10 opponents without a touchdown, making UW the only FBS team to hold opponents without a TD in five games this season.
• The Badgers have also held six opponents to 10 points or fewer. Only Alabama (8) and Louisville (7) have limited more opponents to 10 or fewer points.
• As good as it has been all season, the Badgers' defense continues to improve. Over its last three games, UW has allowed just two touchdowns and held its opponents to 9.7 points per game.
On average, the Badgers have held FBS opponents 14.4 points below the scoring average of their other games this season.
• Of Wisconsin's 10 opponents, 6 have been held to their lowest scoring output of the season by the Badgers.
• Indiana entered last Saturday's game ranked among the nation's top 10 in both scoring offense (43.1 points per game) and total offense (527.1 yards per game). The Badgers held IU to 3 points and 224 yards (42.5% of its season average).
• On its way to ranking sixth nationally in total defense (287.8 yards per game), the Badgers have held 5 of their 10 opponents under 250 offensive yards: UMass (212), Tennessee Tech (113), Purdue (180), Northwestern (241) and Indiana (224). Only Michigan State (7) and Lousiville (6) have kept more opponents under 250 total yards this season.
• The Badgers (988 rushing and 1,890 passing) are one of just four teams that have allowed less than 1,000 rushing yards and less than 2,000 passing yards this season, joining Michigan State, Louisville and Alabama.
• Wisconsin has limited opponents to an average of just 4.3 yards per play, the fifth-best average of any FBS defense. Michigan State leads the nation, allowing 3.8 yards per play.
• The Badgers have allowed just 26 plays of 20 yards or longer, the fifth-fewest given up by an FBS team. Florida State and Oregon lead the nation with 23 plays of 20-plus yards allowed.
• For the season, UW has forced three-and-outs on 45.5% of its opponents' drives -- the fourth-best percentage of any FBS defense.
|RB Melvin Gordon
• • The Badgers lead the nation in average yards per carry at 7.01 yards per rush. Ohio State (6.82) ranks No. 2. UW's school record is 5.52 yards per carry, set in 1996. Wisconsin's average of 7.01 yards per rushing attempt is the second-highest mark of any FBS team since at least 1996, trailing only Nevada's 2009 team, which averaged 7.39 yards per carry.
• No team has featured a more explosive running game than Wisconsin's in 2013. The Badgers lead the nation (or are tied for the national lead) in runs of 20-plus (35), 30-plus yards (20), 40-plus yards (13), 50-plus yards (9), 60-plus yards (7), 70-plus yards (6) and 80-plus yards (2).
• The Badgers racked up seven runs of at least 30 yards vs. Indiana. That's more runs of 30-plus yards than 64 FBS teams have recorded this SEASON.
• Wisconsin's total of 34 rushing touchdowns leads the Big Ten and ranks in a tie for seventh nationally. Baylor leads the nation with 41 rushing TDs.
• Over the last four years (since the start of the 2010 season), the Badgers have rushed for 168 touchdowns, trailing only Oregon (169) for the most of any team in the nation in that span.
• With 3,079 yards through 10 games, the Badgers are on pace to smash the school record for rushing yards in a season and need just 231 over their remaining three games to top the mark of 3,309 set last year (in 14 games). The Badgers also rushed for 3,305 yards in 12 games in 1999.
• With senior RB James White and sophomore RB Melvin Gordon both eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season, Wisconsin has produced a 1,000-yard rusher for the ninth-consecutive year and 19th time in the last 21 seasons.
• After rushing for 1,052 yards as a freshman in 2010 and 1,156 already this year, White is the eighth player in UW history to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons. He went over the 1,000-yard mark on the first play of the Badgers' win over Indiana, a 93-yard touchdown run.
• This year marks just the second season in which the Badgers have boasted a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. White and RB John Clay (1,012) acheived the feat in 2010, with RB Montee Ball also finishing that season with 996 rushing yards.
• UW's run of nine consecutive seasons with at least one 1,000-yard rusher is the longest such streak in the nation. Penn State (8), Oklahoma State (6) and Oregon (6) have the next-longest active streaks and have yet to produce a 1,000-yard rusher in 2013.
• The Badgers have totaled 17 100-yard rushing performances in 10 games (Melvin Gordon - 7, James White - 7, Corey Clement - 3) -- the most in school history and the most of any FBS team this season. Auburn ranks second nationally with 12.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
• Saturday's matchup will mark the first between Minnesota and Wisconsin with both teams ranked in the BCS standings. The Badgers are No. 19 in the latest BCS rankings, with Minnesota No. 25.
• The game will also be the first since 2005 in which both of the border rivals are ranked in one of the major polls. The Gophers were ranked No. 22 and the Badgers No. 23 in both the AP and coaches polls when UW scored a 38-34 win on Oct. 15, 2005 at the Metrodome.
• The Badgers' nine-game win streak vs. the Golden Gophers matches the longest in the history of the rivalry. Minnesota also won nine straight over the Badgers from 1933 to 1941.
• Wisconsin's nine-game win streak over Minnesota is tied for the third-longest active win streak by a Big Ten team over a league opponent.
• The Badgers are 18-5 vs. Minnesota since Barry Alvarez became UW's head coach in 1990.
• While Minnesota holds a 58-56-8 lead in the teams' all-time series, the Badgers lead the series 38-24-3 since the introduction of Paul Bunyan's Axe in 1948.
• Minnesota is the third opponent to face the Badgers coming off a bye week. UW defeated Illinois 56-32 on Oct. 19 following the Illini's bye week and scored a 27-17 win over BYU on Nov. 9 after the Cougars' open week.