University of Wisconsin


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 found inside of a UW Athletic Department storage room in 1990), and the trophy was replaced in 1948 with Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The score of each game is painted onto the axe each year. Read more on the Battle of the Axe. 

The Badger’s Take Paul Bunyan’s Axe from the Gophers