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Wisconsin has bigger goals than beating Minnesota for a 14th straight year, but that is the Badgers only focus this week.

The ‘Axe’ is all that matters for Wisconsin; Badgers late rally falls short against Baylor

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Paul Bunyan’s Axe is all the matters

Wisconsin may be unbeaten and headed to the Big Ten title game to face Ohio State next week, but the Badgers’ only focus right now is beating Minnesota for a 14th straight year and holding onto their reward — Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

Wisconsin falls to Baylor

A late rally fell short for Wisconsin, as the Badgers dropped their second straight game, this one a 70-65 setback to No. 22 Baylor in the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic on Monday night.

Three Badgers are finalists for major awards

All of Wisconsin’s success on the field this season is leading to recognition off of it. On Monday, running back Jonathan Taylor was named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, linebacker T.J. Edwards was named a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award and tight end Troy Fumagalli was among the finalists for the John Mackey Award.

Chris Orr could return for the Badgers

There was a glimmer of hope on Wisconsin’s injury report Monday, as linebacker Chris Orr, who has missed each of the last two games with a leg injury, was listed as questionable for this week against Minnesota. Here’s a full look at the Badgers shrinking injury list.

Two Wisconsin award winners

In what is becoming almost a weekly event, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. Meanwhile, thanks to his 50-yard punt return for a touchdown against Michigan, the Badgers’ Nick Nelson was tabbed as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.

Minnesota needs to beat Wisconsin

If losing 14 straight times to your rival isn’t enough motivation for Minnesota to upset the Badgers on Saturday, there’s this: Without a win, the Gophers almost surely won’t be going to a bowl this season, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune.

Wisconsin, Minnesota mascots in a Twitter fight

The two mascots for Wisconsin and Minnesota — Bucky Badger and Goldy Gopher, respectively — are going back and forth on Twitter in advance of the two football teams meeting this Saturday in Minneapolis. WTMJ in Milwaukee has the the details.

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