With the creation of two Big Ten Divisions, Legends and Leaders, some of the traditional rivalry games have unfortunately been diminished, given that the teams will no longer play each other every year. Wisconsin will keep its yearly meeting with Minnesota, but will lose its annual match with Iowa.
Paul Bunyan’s Axe The Paul Bunyan Axe trophy represents one of the most-played rivalries in Division I football, dating back to 1890. The Wisconsin-Minnesota game used to be played 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 (later foun... (more)