One of the most coveted trophies in college football is heading back to Madison after the University of Wisconsin Badgers defeated Minnesota, 38-17, on Saturday evening. The elements were not a factor for the Badgers as they had a balanced offensive attack with many big plays through the air to keep Minnesota's defense guessing during the game. Quarterback Jack Coan was 15-22 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Taylor, by comparison, scampered for 76 yards with two scores. As a team, the Badgers ran for 173.
Wisconsin's dynamic passing attack and just the right amount of trick plays helped the Badgers turn a close game at halftime into a runaway. The Badgers defense was good, forcing two turnovers that turned into points, and allowing 76 yards total on the ground.
Not only does Wisconsin get Paul Bunyan's axe, they win the Big Ten West. That sets up a rematch against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday. Wisconsin lost big in the regular-season at Columbus. The Buckeyes are undefeated and made it look easy against Michigan on the road this weekend. Ohio State put 56 points against the Wolverines. A Wisconsin victory would be an upset.