Although their seasons are going in completely different directions, both the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers can accomplish something soon that hasn’t happened since there was a Roosevelt in the White House.
I’m talking about both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt.
Yes, there will be a lot on the line this upcoming Saturday, when the 9-2 and the fifth-ranked (AP) Badgers host the 8-3 Minnesota Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium. A victory by the Badgers will net the team the B1G West crown, not to mention the 13th consecutive win over the Gophers for the right to own Paul Bunyan’s Axe.
A win then in the B1G title game would most likely put the Badgers in the College Football Playoff.
The series between Wisconsin and Minnesota is the most-played series in FBS history. The series dates back to 1890 and the Badgers and Gophers have met every year since 1907.
Right now, Minnesota leads the series 59-58-8. But because of the current winning streak the Badgers now have in this series, Wisconsin has an opportunity to tie this rivalry series up for the first time since 1901. Yes, you read that right…1901.
Theodore Roosevelt was the President way back then.
Back then, the series was knotted up at six games apiece. And come Saturday, 115 years later, the Badgers can get themselves a huge trifecta.
Bucky and the boys can get the B1G West title, Paul Bunyan’s Axe and a series-tying win that took 115 years to repeat against their biggest rival.
By the way, Wisconsin has never led in this series.
Speaking of rivals, you can certainly say the same thing about the 4-6 Packers and the 2-8 Chicago Bears. Both teams have seen the 2016 season spiral out of control, mostly due to injuries.
The Packers can perhaps right the ship and make a playoff run, but there are still plenty of icebergs looming ahead in the water over the next six games.
The Packers and Bears have been playing each other in the NFL since 1921. The Bears hold 93-92-6 edge in the regular season, while the teams are 1-1 in the postseason.
The Packers can even up the series if they beat the Monsters of the Midway on December 18 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
It’s been a long, long time since the Packers were tied in this series. It’s been 83 years as a matter of fact. The two teams were tied at 11-11-4 during the 1933 season.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President way back then.
The Packers actually led the series by one game going into the 1933 season, but lost three games against da Bears that season and haven’t been able to catch up ever since.
The Packers have been able to narrow the margin with the Bears over the past two and a half decades thanks to the quarterback play of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Favre was 22-10 versus the Bears in his career in Green Bay, while Rodgers has been even better than that. No. 12 is 13-4 against Chicago (plus 1-0 in the NFC title game).
The bottom line for both the Badgers and Packers is simply this; In a span of less than a month, coming up soon, the two teams can tie up the series against their biggest and longest-standing rivals that has taken a combined 198 years or almost two centuries to accomplish.
That’s quite a timely task.