In this Nov. 28, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert "chops" the goal post with the prized Paul Bunyan axe after Wisconsin beat Minnesota 31-21 in an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File).

Nothing gets tempers flaring between Minnesota and Wisconsin like Paul Bunyan's Axe. It's the trophy that goes to the winner of the annual grudge match between the Big Ten rivals.

Lately that's been No. 5 Wisconsin. The Badgers have won 12 straight entering Saturday's game. It's the longest streak in the series of what is the most-played rivalry in the FBS.




Some other numbers facts and figures about the Axe and the rivalry, provided by the schools: 

Series record: Minnesota leads 59-58-8.

First game: A 63-0 Gopher victory in 1890. The score is printed on the handle near the axe's head.

Seeing red: The results of every successive game line the handle in red ink. More from Minnesota: "There have been so many games that the scores scroll up and down the width of both sides of the handle, and school officials have now resorted to writing scores on the narrow edges of the six-foot shaft."

Axe's origins: The trophy of Paul Bunyan's Axe wasn't actually introduced until 1948. Since that time, Wisconsin leads the series 41-24-3.

The Wisconsin football team hold up the Paul Bunyan Axe after beating Minnesota 38-14 Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Rivalry ranks: Meeting for the 126th time, the Minnesota-Wisconsin game on Saturday extends the most-played rivalry in major college football. Next on the list is Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati, which has met 121 times.