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All Time Series with Minnesota

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Fun fact for today with the Battle for the Axe coming up this weekend. We haven't had a lead in the series since 1908. Yep, 1908. In 1922 we managed to get the series close to even (within 2 games) but just couldn't get over the hump, tying the next three games before Minnesota went on a tear during their glory years (you may have heard Gopher fans reminisce about national championships they earned around the time their grandparents were born). Over the next two and a half decades, they ballooned their series lead to it's max: 18 games. After 45 years of back and forth, we've been steadily erasing that lead since 1995. I feel confident heading into this weekend, but that's not good enough. Ten in a row isn't enough for me. We need to make it 11 in a row to get back to even with this series. So come on Bucky. Don't let me down. Another win. Another year closer to taking back the series lead. Ancillary fact: Scoring throughout the series has been remarkably even. The Gophers lead all time with 2100 points to our 2076. One hundred and twenty two meetings (122!) and the total score differential is 24 points. That's crazy.

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