7. Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Badgers have beaten the Gophers for 137 straight years and have officially adopted the axe as their own trophy. Even though that number may be a bit high, it probably won’t end this season as the Gophers are struggling to contend in the Big Ten.
The Gophers have P.J. Flex returning for Year 2 and hope to row the boat out of awfulness and into mediocracy (sorry, I just couldn’t resist). They were 5-7 last season and should have about the same record in 2018.
The Gophers are likely to start a freshman at quarterback and that could make for a very trying season. Outside of running back Rodney Smith and wide receiver Tyler Johnson, the playmakers are far and few between. However, they’ll be propped up by a great offensive line. Overall, Minnesota has a long way to go to compete with Wisconsin and will fall to the Badgers in this one.
That wraps up Part 1. Part 2 will be released on Saturday, July 14. Make sure to check back in for the top six teams the Badgers will face during their 2018 season.