Border Battle

This annual battle for border supremacy between the Athletic Departments at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin recently ended its 11th year of existence. Minnesota won the 2014-15 Border Battle for the sixth time in the past seven years which also gives the Golden Gophers a 7-4 edge in the series.

The two institutions made an adjustment to the scoring system prior to the 2005-06 season by awarding points to the school which finishes higher at the Big Ten championship in 11 sports in which the Badgers and Golden Gophers don't have a head-to-head competition.

In the first year of the award, points were awarded only in the 11 sports in which UW and UM met in a head-to-head competition.

Officials changed the scoring so that more student-athletes, coaches and fans could be involved in the program. Schools will now earn points for finishing higher at the conference championship event in the additional 11 sports where the schools don't face each other directly.

In the initial year of the battle, each of the 11 sports originally included in the competition had 40 points at stake. If the teams meet just once annually (football as an example), then the winner gets 40 points and the loser gets zero. If the teams meet twice (women's basketball, for example), the winner of each game gets 20 points and the losers get zero. If the teams meet four times (men's hockey for example), then the winner of each game gets 10 points and the loser gets zero. If a game ends in a tie, the points are split (20 to each school).

The new scoring configuration maintains the original scoring structure and adds 40 points to the higher finishing school at the Big Ten championship in the sports of men's and women's cross country, golf, indoor track and outdoor track, swimming and diving and women's rowing.

Six sports are sponsored by only one of the institutions and, thus, not included in the Border Battle. Wisconsin has men's soccer, men's rowing and women's lightweight rowing (UM does not), while Minnesota has baseball and men's and women's gymnastics (UW does not). Adding the 11 sports raises the annual points available to 880.

Border Battle Point Totals

Sport (Possible Pts)

Date

Site

UM Pts

UW Pts

Volleyball (20) Oct. 15, 2014 Minneapolis 20
Women's Hockey (10) Oct. 17, 2014 Madison 10
Women's Hockey (10) Oct. 18, 2014 Madison 10
Soccer (40) Oct. 18, 2014 Minneapolis   40
Volleyball (20) Oct. 18, 2014 Madison   20
Men's Cross Country (40) Nov. 2, 2014 Big Ten   40
Women's Cross Country (40) Nov. 2, 2014 Big Ten   40
Football (40) Nov. 29, 2014 Madison 40
Women's Basketball (20) Jan. 4, 2015 Madison 20
Women's Hockey (10) Jan. 10, 2015 Minneapolis 10
Women's Hockey (10) Jan. 11, 2015 Minneapolis 5 5
Men's Hockey (10) Jan. 16, 2015 Minneapolis 5 5
Men's Hockey (10) Jan. 17, 2015 Minneapolis 10
Men's Hockey (10) Jan. 30, 2015 Madison 10
Men's Hockey (10) Jan. 31, 2015 Madison 5 5
Men's Tennis (40) Feb. 7, 2015 Madison 40  
Women's Basketball (20) Feb. 11, 2015 Minneapolis 20  
Women's Swimming & Diving (40) Feb. 21, 2015 Big Ten 40  
Men's Basketball (20) Feb. 21, 2015 Madison   20
Men's Indoor Track & Field (40) March 1, 2015 Big Ten 40  
Women's Indoor Track & Field (40) March 1, 2015 Big Ten 40
Men's Swimming & Diving (40) March 1, 2015 Big Ten 40
Men's Basketball (20) March 5, 2015 Minneapolis 20
Wrestling (40) March 8, 2015 Big Ten 40  
Women's Tennis (40) March 13, 2015 Minneapolis 40
Men's Golf (40) April 26, 2015 Big Ten 40
Women's Golf (40) April 26, 2015 Big Ten   40
Softball (40) April 29, 2015 Madison 40  
Rowing (40) May 16, 2015 Big Ten   40
Men's Outdoor Track & Field (40) May 17, 2015 Big Ten 40  
Women's Outdoor Track & Field (40) May 17, 2015 Big Ten 40
Point Totals

465

415

Previous Results:

2013-14: Minnesota 560-320

2012-13: Minnesota 565-315

2011-12: Wisconsin 455-425

2010-11: Minnesota 455-425

2009-10: Minnesota 550-330

2008-09: Minnesota 535-345

2007-08: Wisconsin 465-415

2006-07: Wisconsin 445-435

2005-06: Minnesota 530-350

2004-05: Wisconsin 215-205

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