With the border battle advantage remaining safely in the hands of our neighbors to the east, here are nine things we learned about the Gophers, Badgers, Vikings and Packers.
9. There are no moral victories in sports.
Gophers head coach Jerry Kill knows the gap is closing between his team and the upper echelon of the Big 10. He will also be the first to admit that there are no moral victories.
8. Chris Borland is a beast.
Stating the obvious, but the Badger senior controlled and changed the game, making 12 tackles and forcing two fumbles, recovering one.
7. Tag Team Title Match: Viktor and Goldy vs. Bucky and a block of cheddar.
Not since Hulk Hogan teamed with Randy Savage in the late 80's has there been such a dream tag-team. As I stood on the back line of the end zone I thought about making this match happen. Look, Goldy is about as athletic a mascot as there is in college sports. I mean, he can turn his head around. Bucky is awkward, ugly and just can't move. The Wisconsin duo would obviously attempt to cheat, but in the end, the hero's defeat the villains. Winner: Minnesota Wrecking Crew III.
6. Badger/Packer fans still winning the public drunkenness battle.
I'm not convinced this is a battle Minnesota wants to win. Late in the fourth quarter with the Gophers driving, a pass interference penalty was called and a slightly inebriated Badger fan slobbered all over himself in disgust. With drool frozen to his chin, he sent plenty of holiday cheer the way of the officials with plenty of fa-la-la-la-la's.
5. The Vikings still need a quarterback.
Dear Vikings Management,
Don't let anything Christian Ponder does over the next five weeks fool you like he did last year. I know the defense can't stop anyone, but this team, like MOA field needs to be blown up and started new in 2014.
4. Stop screwing up the draft.
Had the Vikings NOT tied the Packers, they would have had the number one position in the upcoming draft with just five games remaining. As it stands, they are currently fourth behind Jacksonville, Houston and Atlanta.
3. Of course the game would end in a tie.
Um, well…if the Packers had Aaron Rodgers, they would have probably won by 50. As it was, we had to settle for an overtime thriller..er, another defensive disaster. EDITORS NOTE: I stayed away from the Wisconsin sister kissing jokes...just too easy.
2. Pretending to chop down goal posts with the axe is dumb.
Okay, maybe it is because the Gophs haven't had the axe for a decade, but can we find something to do with it? As the Badgers headed towards the Gopher student section, they were cut off and turned back by an upset group of players, staff and even stadium security. The next meeting should be pretty juicy.
1. The Vikings defense can't stop anyone.
Scott Tolzien couldn't cut the mustard so enter Matt "freaking" Flynn? Of course Flynn torched the Vikings defense for 218 yards and a touchdown (119 of it in the fourth quarter), when the Packers were down 16 points.