Minnesota and Wisconsin renew their battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe in the last week of the regular season.

This series first was played in 1890, but the actual axe wasn’t introduced as a trophy until 1948. Since then, it’s been a very close battle between the Golden Gophers and Badgers. Wisconsin leads it all-time with a 62-60 record. The Badgers also have a 2-game winning streak against the Golden Gophers going into this year’s game.

Last year’s meeting was decided by a field goal in overtime, giving Wisconsin a 20-17 win in Madison. The last time Minnesota beat Wisconsin, it was a decisive 37-15 victory in 2018.

If the Golden Gophers can end the Badgers’ winning streak on Saturday, they can make the race for the Big Ten West interesting. A win, plus an Iowa loss to Nebraska and a Purdue win over Indiana would make the Gophers the West division winners.

Minnesota released a hype video for the game on Wednesday night with the motto ‘Protect our North.’

No. 14 Wisconsin (8-3) and Minnesota (7-4) add a new chapter to their rivalry to see who can take home Paul Bunyan’s Axe Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on Fox.