5th Quarter Consensus: Axe stays in Madison for sixth straight year

Wisconsin at Minnesota

Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. CT

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Weather Forecast: 44F, Showers, 40% chance of rain

TV: ESPN

Radio: WIBA-AM 1310, WIBA-FM 101.5 and the Badgers Radio Network

Coverage: A week's worth of coverage on on our Minnesota Game Page

Opposing Blog: The Daily Gopher

The Consensus

Jake Harris (4-0, +56): Wisconsin 27, Minnesota 21

Adam Hoge (4-0, +59): Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 24

Eric Levine (3-1, +84): Wisconsin 24, Minnesota 10

Ben Worgull (Scout.com): Minnesota 36, Wisconsin 31

"Wild Card" Pick (Gopherfootball.blogspot.com): Minnesota 34, Wisconsin 31

The Reasoning

Wisconsin is the better team on paper, leading the Gophers in nearly every offensive and defensive statistical category through four games.  While Eric Decker is probably the best wide receiver in the Big Ten this season, his performance has not turned Minnesota into an offensive juggernaut.  Scott Tolzien's accuracy, efficiency and good decision-making ability will be put to the test as he makes his first road start.  Still, he hasn't thrown an interception since the first game of the year and has responded well as the defenses have gotten tougher.

The Badgers finally put together a good game on the ground against Michigan State with John Clay rushing for 142 yards - and never fumbling.  Wisconsin's balanced offense and opportunistic defense, which forced four turnovers against the Spartans, should be good enough to win in Minneapolis.  The Gophers' home-field advantage in TCF Bank Stadium is head and shoulders above any support they received in the Metrodome but, ultimately, this is an 11 a.m. kickoff in a 50,000-capacity arena, Minnesota has already lost once at home and the Badgers are the better team this year.

Who has the edge?

Offense: Wisconsin

Defense: Wisconsin

Special Teams: Minnesota

Coaching: Wisconsin

Intangibles: Minnesota

 -Jake Harris

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