MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota won’t play in a bowl game this season. The Gophers still have plenty of motivation this week against bitter border rival Wisconsin.

The 16th-ranked Badgers have won the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe seven straight times. They’re back on track after a big win over Purdue last week, following consecutive crushing losses on last-second touchdown passes by Michigan State and Ohio State. Quarterback Russell Wilson is revving one of the nation’s most powerful offenses.

The Gophers at least have the confidence, if not the talent level, to compete with the Badgers. They came back to beat Iowa two weeks ago and nearly upset Michigan State on the road last week.

This is the 121st meeting between the schools, the most-played series in all of college football.

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