This annual battle for border supremacy between the Athletic Departments at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin begins its 14th year of existence. Wisconsin won the 2016-17 Border Battle for just the second time in the past nine years. Minnesota holds an 8-5 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.
|2017-18 Border Battle Point Totals|
Sport (Possible Pts)
|Soccer (40)||Sept. 16, 2017||Madison||
|Volleyball (20)||Oct. 4, 2017||Madison||
|Volleyball (20)||Oct. 21, 2017||Minneapolis||
|Women's Hockey (10)||Oct. 28, 2017||Minneapolis||
|Women's Hockey (10)||Oct. 29, 2017||Minneapolis||
|Men's Cross Country (40)||Oct. 29, 2017||Big Ten||
|Women's Cross Country (40)||Oct. 29, 2017||Big Ten||
|Football (40)||Nov. 25, 2017||Minneapolis|
|Men's Hockey (10)||Dec. 1, 2017||Minneapolis|
|Men's Hockey (10)||Dec. 2, 2017||Minneapolis|
|Women's Basketball (20)||Jan. 18, 2018||Minneapolis|
|Women's Basketball (20)||Jan. 31, 2018||Madison|
|Men's Hockey (10)||Feb. 9, 2018||Madison|
|Men's Hockey (10)||Feb. 10, 2018||Madison|
|Women's Hockey (10)||Feb. 16, 2018||Madison|
|Women's Swimming & Diving (40)||Feb. 17, 2018||Big Ten|
|Women's Hockey (10)||Feb. 17, 2018||Madison|
|Men's Basketball (40)||Feb. 19, 2018||Madison|
|Men's Swimming & Diving (40)||Feb. 24, 2018||Big Ten|
|Men's Indoor Track & Field (40)||Feb. 24, 2018||Big Ten|
|Women's Indoor Track & Field (40)||Feb. 24, 2018||Big Ten|
|Wrestling (40)||March 4, 2018||Big Ten|
|Women's Tennis (40)||March 4, 2018||Minneapolis|
|Men's Tennis (40)||TBA||Minneapolis|
|Women's Golf (40)||April 22, 2018||Big Ten|
|Men's Golf (40)||April 29, 2018||Big Ten|
|Rowing (40)||May 13, 2018||Big Ten|
|Men's Outdoor Track & Field (40)||May 13, 2018||Big Ten|
|Women's Outdoor Track & Field (40)||May 13, 2018||Big Ten|
2016-17: Wisconsin 480-400
2015-16: Minnesota 530-350
2014-15: Minnesota 465-415
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