Border Battle

2012-13  UW 315 - UM 565

2011-12  UW 455 - UM 425

2010-11  UW 425 - UM 455

2009-10  UW 330 - UM 550

2008-09  UW 345 - UM 535

2007-08  UW 465 - UM 415

2006-07  UW 445 - UM 435

2005-06  UW 350 - UM 530

2004-05  UW 235 - UM 205

Border Battle

Wisconsin Wins 2007-08 Border Battle Competition

For the third time in the past four years the University of Wisconsin has won the annual Border Battle competition between the athletic departments at Wisconsin and Minnesota. And for the third time the competition has come down to the last weekend. UW scored in 17 events totaling 465 points while Minnesota scored in 15 events for 415 points.

After four seasons of the Border Battle, the score is 3-1 in favor of Wisconsin. The Badgers won the inaugural trophy by the score of 235-205, while the Gophers tied the series with 530 points to UW's 350 in 2005-06. In the closest competition, the Badgers won the 2007 title after leading most of the 2006-07 sports seasons. Minnesota closed the gap in the final two months to finish just 10 points down, 445-435.

The annual battle for border supremacy between the Athletic Departments at the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota is determined by awarding points to the school which wins in head-to-head competition, or to the team which finishes higher at the Big Ten championship in the 11 sports in which the Badgers and Golden Gophers don't have a head-to-head competition. The overall winner of the season-long event wins the Border Battle Trophy for display on its campus. The total number of points available for the 22 competitions is 880.

In the 11 sports which compete in head-to-head competition, 40 points are at stake. If the teams meet just once annually (football as an example), then the winner gets 40 points and the loser gets zero. If the teams meet twice (women's basketball, for example), the winner of each game gets 20 points and the losers get zero. If the teams meet four times (men's hockey for example), then the winner of each game gets 10 points and the loser gets zero. If a game ends in a tie, the points are split (20 to each school).

Where team scoring is dependent upon tournament outcomes, 40 points is awarded to the higher finishing school at the Big Ten championship. This affects the sports of men's and women's cross country, swimming and diving, golf, indoor track and outdoor track and women's rowing.

Six sports are sponsored by only one of the institutions and, thus, not included in the TDS Border Battle. Wisconsin has men's soccer, men's rowing and women's lightweight rowing (UM does not), while Minnesota has baseball and men's and women's gymnastics (UW does not).

DateSport (points available)HostUW PtsUM Pts
10/12Volleyball (20)Minn.200
10/28Men's Cross Country (40)Big Ten
400
10/28Women's Cross Country (40)Big Ten
040
10/28Women's Soccer (40)Wisc.040
11/2Women's Hockey (10)Wisc.100
11/3Women's Hockey (10)Wisc.010
11/17Football (40)Minn.400
11/24Volleyball (20)Wisc.200
1/7Women's Basketball (20)Wisc.020
1/25Men's Hockey (10)Wisc.100
1/26Men's Hockey (10)Wisc.55
2/3Men's Basketball (20)Minn.200
2/16Men's Basketball (20)Wisc.200
2/17Wrestling (40)Minn.400
2/22Men's Hockey (10)Minn.010
2/23Men's Hockey (10)Minn.55
2/23Women's Basketball (20)Minn.200
2/23Women's Swimming (40)Big Ten
040
2/23Women's Hockey (10)Minn.100
2/24Women's Hockey (10)Minn.55
3/2Men's Indoor Track (40)Big Ten
400
3/2
Women's Indoor Track (40)Big Ten
040
3/1Men's Swimming (40)Big Ten
040
4/12Women's Tennis (40)Minn.040
4/13Men's Tennis (40)Wisc.400
4/27Women's Golf (40)Big Ten
400
4/27Men's Golf (40)Big Ten
040
5/3Women's Rowing (40)Big Ten
400
5/3Softball (20)Wisc.020
5/4Softball (20)Wisc.020
5/18Men's Outdoor Track (40)Big Ten
400
5/18Women's Outdoor Track (40)Big Ten
040
Totals465415

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