University of Minnesota

RIVALRY TRADITIONS

With the creation of the two Big Ten Divisions, Leaders and Legends, some of the traditional rivalry games have unfortunately been diminished, given that the teams will no longer play each other every year. The Gophers (Legends) will keep the annual meetings with Wisconsin (Leaders) , Iowa (Legends) and Michigan (Legends), but will only play Penn State (Leaders) for the Governor’s Victory Bell once every five years.


MINNESOTA vs. MICHIGAN

LITTLE BROWN JUG The oldest rivalry trophy in the Big Ten, and one of the oldest rivalry games in college football. The tradition of the Little B... (more)

MINNESOTA vs. PENN STATE

GOVERNOR'S VICTORY BELL In 1993, Minnesota was Penn State’s first Big Ten match-up as a part of the Big Ten Conference. The Governor’s Bell trophy was  awarded to commemorate the meeting, and has been played ever since. Due to the split of the Big Ten Conference in 2011, PSU and Minnesota will only meet once every five years.   [caption id="" align="aligncente... (more)

MINNESOTA vs. WISCONSIN

PAUL BUNYAN'S AXE The Paul Bunyan Axe trophy represents one of the most-played rivalries in Division I football, dating back to 1830. The winner of the Wisconsin-Minnesota game used to play for “The Slab of Bacon”, a flat piece of wood with a “W” or an “M” carved into it (depending on which way you looked at it). The Slab of Bacon mysteriously disappeared in 1943, a... (more)

MINNESOTA vs. IOWA

FLOYD OF ROSEDALE During the 1930’s, racism was rampant in the United States. The University of Minnesota football team was particularly harsh towards Iowa and its African American star player ... (more)