Date/Time - Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m. CT
Stadium – Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/Field Turf)
Television – Big Ten Network (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)
Series – Minnesota leads 59-58-8 (Wisconsin leads 33-22-6 in Madison)
Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 31-21, on Nov. 28, 2015 in Minneapolis
Wisconsin and Minnesota will meet for the 126th time, extending the most-played rivalry in the FBS. Among active rivalries, Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati have the second most-played series at 121 games.
Since the introduction of Paul Bunyan’s Axe in 1948, the Badgers lead the series, 41-24-3 (.625).
Wisconsin has won 12 straight games against Minnesota — the longest win streak by either team in the history of the series, which dates back to 1890 — and 19 of the last 21 meetings between the rivals.
The Badgers own a 10-game win streak over the Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium, with Minnesota’s last win in Madison coming in 1994.
When Barry Alvarez took over as head coach at Wisconsin in 1990, Minnesota owned a 54-37-8 lead in the teams’ all-time series. The Badgers have closed that 17-game gap and can tie the series with a win on Saturday.
With a win Saturday, UW would match its longest win streak against a Big Ten opponent. The Badgers won 13 straight over Northwestern from 1972-84.
Wisconsin wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore and Minnesota offensive coordinator Jay Johnson were on the same coaching staff at Kansas in 1999.
Minnesota offensive line coach Bart Miller served as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin in 2011 and was promoted to offensive line coach three games into the 2012 season.
Wisconsin features four Minnesota natives on its roster: ILB Keelon Brookins (St. Paul), ILB Ryan Connelly (Eden Prairie), LS Connor Udelhoven (St. Paul) and OL Patrick Kasl (Wyoming).
Wisconsin Notes to Consider
Wisconsin will honor its senior class prior to Saturday’s game, with 13 players set to be introduced to the crowd at Camp Randall: OLB Vince Biegel, S Keelon Brookins, RB Corey Clement, K Andrew Endicott, QB Bart Houston, WR Reggie Love, S Leo Musso, RB Dare Ogunbowale, CB Sojourn Shelton, TE Eric Steffes, S Serge Trezy, LS Connor Udelhoven and WR Robert Wheelwright.
At No. 5, Wisconsin is ranked in the top five of the AP poll this late in a season for the first time since 2010, when UW held top-five rankings for three consecutive weeks beginning Nov. 21.
UW’s current average of 13.4 points allowed per game would be the program’s fifth-best mark since 1960. UW allowed 11.9 points per contest in 1998, 12.1 in 2006, 12.8 in 1999 and 13.0 in 1962. The school record is 6.6 points per game, set by the famed “Hard Rocks” defense in 1951.
The Badgers have recorded 17 interceptions on the season, their highest total since logging 22 picks in 2002 (when current UW defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard set UW’s individual single-season record with 11 INTs).
The Badgers are averaging 233.3 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per attempt over their last six contests. UW averaged 161.6 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry over its first five games.
Minnesota Notes to Consider
Minnesota has won eight games for the third time in four years. The last time Minnesota won eight games three times in a four-year span was 1903-05 (14, 13 and 10 wins). The Gophers have now won at least eight games in a season 20 times in school history and nine times since 1942 (six times since 1968).
Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner, who is one of only seven players in college football who is a three-time captain, has played in 15 games with Tracy Claeys as his head coach. In those games he has completed 60.1 percent of his passes (266-of-442) for 3,082 yards (average of 205.4 yards per game) and has thrown 12 touchdowns. For his career, he has completed 57.0 percent of his passes and has averaged 154.6 yards passing per game.
Minnesota averages 31.5 points per game (ranks fourth in the Big Ten) and has scored at least 29 points in its eight victories. The last time the Gophers accomplished that feat was during 2005, when they scored 29 or more points nine times (record was 6-3).
Minnesota is second in the Big Ten (seventh in the nation) in turnover margin at +11. The Gophers have made eight interceptions and recovered 15 fumbles (most in the nation).
Minnesota has 33 sacks this season (allowed only nine) after recording 22 sacks last year. Junior Steven Richardson leads the team with 7.0 and is followed by Blake Cashman (6) Hendrick Ekpe (3.5) and Tai’yon Devers (3.0).