Found October 19, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Neither Ohio State's Urban Meyer nor Purdue's Danny Hope can trust their defenses these days. As a result, no one has any idea what's going to happen when the teams meet on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Meyer, proponent of the high-scoring, devil-may-care spread offense, is not happy when his team is forced to outscore an opponent. "Oh, we can't have that. That's not going to happen," he said. "Do we want to win 48-47? We want to win, but no, Ohio State is going to be a defensive school. Absolutely." These days, about the only thing the Buckeyes and Boilermakers are defensive about is the way they're playing defense. The Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) have escaped with wins over Nebraska and Indiana the past two weeks while surrendering 43.5 points and 458 yards a game. Over that same span, the Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) have been dinged for an average of 41 points and 527 yards in losses to Michigan and Wisconsin, both at hom...

Badgers' Ball has confidence back after start

MADISON, Wis. It turns out, the swagger and the smile can fade even for a Hesiman Trophy candidate whose confidence is usually infectious among teammates. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has come to understand this lesson all too well over the past seven weeks. Ball, the only returning Heisman finalist from a year ago, was the toast of the college football world this summer...

Ball back on track to break NCAA TD record

MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin continued its in-season ascent with a 38-13 drubbing of Minnesota on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers have now won three straight Big Ten games and hold a three-game lead in the Leaders Division race. Wisconsin dominated Minnesota on the ground, out-gaining the Gophers 337-96. And although the Badgers haven't yet played the meat of their...

Badgers 'barge' their way past Gophers

MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin's form of football flash doesn't exactly include the razzle-dazzle gimmicks an Oregon or Louisiana Tech employs on the field. Even when the Badgers run the sleekly built "Wildcat" package, it comes with a twist only Wisconsin's brute force can bring. Seven offensive linemen. Two tight ends. Two tailbacks. The package name -- "Barge...

Gophers eager to bring home Bunyan's Axe

MINNEAPOLIS After a 4-0 start to the 2012 season the University of Minnesota football team has now lost two straight games since beginning Big Ten play. Last weekend's loss to Northwestern dropped the Gophers to 4-2. Head coach Jerry Kill's team now has another tough test as it travels to take on rival Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Here are five things to watch as Minnesota...

9 Years Running: Badgers Keep Axe Behind Impressive Ground Game

What makes a good rivalry? A border-battle? Competitiveness? A trophy? Wisconsin vs Minnesota, the longest running rivalry in Division 1 NCAA football, has fit only two of these categories in recent years. Today’s game was no exception. Wisconsin has won the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe each year since 2004, with varying degrees of difficulty. Not since the mid-2000’s though...

Badgers Ball runs right at Gophers weakness

MINNEAPOLIS In two Big Ten games, the Golden Gophers defense has been run all over in losses to Iowa and Northwestern. In the conference opener late last month, it was Hawkeyes running back Mark Weisman gaining 177 yards on 21 carries as the Gophers fell, 31-13. One game later, Wildcats running back Venric Mark surpassed Weisman's rushing total as he picked up 182 yards and...

Pointed in the Right Direction

Whether it's the power formation or the new-look 'barge' formation, tailbacks James White and Montee Ball got Wisconsin running in the right direction in a 38-13 victory over Minnesota Saturday.

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe Preview

It's finally here, o.k., it's really just under 24 hours till kickoff in the 122nd edition of Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. It's the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe and to both sides of this rivalry there's nothing finer than parading around the field chopping down goalposts with the Axe. For Wisconsin fans there's the hope they aren't seeing Gopher players...

Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 13

James White raced 15 times through Minnesota's defense for 175 yards rushing and three touchdowns, carrying Wisconsin to a 38-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the ninth straight time the Badgers have beaten the Gophers to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe. Montee Ball let his partner steal the show for most of the afternoon but still muscled his way for 166 yards on 24 attempts...

Badgers show off nation’s best running back tandem in win over Minnesota

Wisconsin Badgers running backs James White and Montee Ball are running away as the nation’s top running back tandem. The duo combined to rush for 341 yards on 39 carries (8.74 average) and all five of Wisconsin’s (6-2, 3-1) touchdowns in a 38-13 win over Minnesota. White not only dominated the normal running game, he debuted at quarterback in the Badgers wildcat formation known...

Wisconsin-Minnesota has a familiar look

Three weeks ago, Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy the Minnesota and Wisconsin football teams battle for each fall, seemed to be in play for seemingly the first time since the giant lumberjack and his blue ox roamed the north woods. Oh, wait Bunyan and his ox weren't real.And neither, it seems, was there ever a day less than a month ago when the Gophers had reason to believe...
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