2024 Big Ten Football Rivalries

Let’s review some top all-time Big Ten football rivalries. We’ve handpicked the top three biggest Big Ten football rivalries, all of which are current and ongoing. Review the history of each rivalry, notable games, and recent matchup results. Then have a look at each team’s current and past season standings.

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Michigan vs. Ohio State

  • Rivalry Began: October 16, 1897 at Regents Field
  • Rivalry Name: The Game
  • Notable Games:
    • 2019 Week 14 Ohio State 56-Michigan 27
    • 2022 Week 13 Michigan 45-Ohio State 23
    • 2023 Week 13 Michigan 30-Ohio State 24

Rivalry History

In 2019, No. 1 Ohio State was dominant, as the Buckeyes won their eighth consecutive game against the No. 13 Wolverines. The Buckeyes were strong throughout the game, as they scored 14 points in each quarter. J.K. Dobbins ran for an impressive four touchdowns and Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns in the victory. With that win, Ohio State continued to establish its dominance in the rivalry, and there didn’t appear to be an end in sight.

However, in 2021, things got better for Michigan. The No. 5 Wolverines defeated the visiting No. 2 Buckeyes, 42-27 to start a streak of their own. Then in 2022, No. 3 Michigan went into Columbus and took down No. 2 Ohio State again. J.J. McCarthy (three passing touchdowns) and Donovan Edwards (216 rushing yards and two touchdowns) were the stars of the 2022 game.

The Wolverines won again in 2023, as the team continued to get stronger behind the arm of J.J. McCarthy. Both teams entered the 2023 game undefeated, each sporting an 11-0 record. It was a back-and-forth affair, with each team scoring in every single quarter. With the game tied in the fourth quarter, running back Blake Corum ran for a 22-yard touchdown, which gave the Wolverines the lead for good. Michigan won, 30-24, to give them their third straight win in the rivalry.

The Michigan Wolverines went a perfect 15-0 and won the 2024 national championship, their first since 1997. Jim Harbaugh brought the team to the mountaintop, and it was the perfect ending to his Michigan career.

Michigan vs. Ohio State Results

Michigan vs Ohio State Matchup Results Since 2002
WeekGameResultMargin
2023
Week 13
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 25th, 2023
MICH 30, OSU 24
Michigan Stadium
Michigan by 6
2022
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 26th, 2022
MICH 45, OSU 23
Ohio Stadium
Michigan by 22
2021
Week 13
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 27th, 2021
MICH 42, OSU 27
Michigan Stadium
Michigan by 15
2019
Week 14
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 30th, 2019
OSU 56, MICH 27
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 29
2018
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 24th, 2018
OSU 62, MICH 39
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 23
2017
Week 13
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 25th, 2017
OSU 31, MICH 20
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 11
2016
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
OSU 30, MICH 27 (2OT)
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 3
2015
Week 13
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 28th, 2015
OSU 42, MICH 13
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 29
2014
Week 14
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
OSU 42, MICH 28
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 14
2013
Week 14
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
OSU 42, MICH 41
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 1
2012
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 24th, 2012
OSU 26, MICH 21
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 5
2011
Week 13
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 26th, 2011
MICH 40, OSU 34
Michigan Stadium
Michigan by 6
2010
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 27th, 2010
OSU 37, MICH 7
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 30
2009
Week 12
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 21st, 2009
OSU 21, MICH 10
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 11
2008
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
OSU 42, MICH 7
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 35
2007
Week 12
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
OSU 14, MICH 3
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 11
2006
Week 12
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
OSU 42, MICH 39
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 3
2005
Week 12
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
OSU 25, MICH 21
Michigan Stadium
Ohio State by 4
2004
Week 13
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
OSU 37, MICH 21
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 16
2003
Week 14
Ohio State vs Michigan
Saturday, November 22nd, 2003
MICH 35, OSU 21
Michigan Stadium
Michigan by 14
2002
Week 14
Michigan vs Ohio State
Saturday, November 23rd, 2002
OSU 14, MICH 9
Ohio Stadium
Ohio State by 5

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2024-2025 College Football Regular Season Standings - Michigan, Ohio State
Team Conf Conf% W L PF PA Home Away Strk
Michigan0-00.00000000-00-0-
Ohio State0-00.00000000-00-0-
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Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

  • Rivalry Began: November 15, 1890 at Minnesota
  • Rivalry Name: Minnesota-Wisconsin
  • Notable Games:
    • 2018 Week 13 Minnesota 37-Wisconsin 15
    • 2022 Week 13 Minnesota 23-Wisconsin 16
    • 2023 Week 13 Wisconsin 28-Minnesota 14

Rivalry History

The Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry is also known as the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The famous Axe tradition began in 1948, and previously, the trophy was the Slab of Bacon.

In 2018, Minnesota ended a 14-year losing streak in games against Wisconsin, winning 37-15 and Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The Minnesota Golden Gophers capitalized on four Wisconsin Badgers turnovers, scoring 24 points off the turnovers. This Gophers victory made them bowl-eligible and marked their first win in Madison, Wisconsin since 1994.

Then in 2021 and 2022, Minnesota won again. On November 27, 2021, the Gophers beat the Badgers by 10 points in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On November 26, 2022, Minnesota beat Wisconsin, 23-16, in Madison, to bring Paul Bunyan’s Axe back to Minneapolis for a second consecutive year. The Gophers won the game with a late 45-yard touchdown pass from Athan Kaliakmanis to Le’Meke Brockington.

Entering 2023, each team had 62 wins in the rivalry. The annual rivalry game between Wisconsin and Minnesota for Paul Bunyan’s Axe took place on November 25 with Wisconsin going into enemy territory to win, 28-14. This win allowed the Badgers to reclaim the Axe after a two-year absence, showcasing the importance of this long-standing tradition in college football. Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen was the star in this game, as he rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tanner Mordecai also threw two passing touchdowns and gained 69 rushing yards.

The Wisconsin victory clinched another winning season for head coach Luke Fickell in his first full season.

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Results

Minnesota vs Wisconsin Matchup Results Since 2002
WeekGameResultMargin
2023
Week 13
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 25th, 2023
WIS 28, MINN 14
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 14
2022
Week 13
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 26th, 2022
MINN 23, WISC 16
Camp Randall Stadium
Minnesota by 7
2021
Week 13
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 27th, 2021
MINN 23, WISC 13
Huntington Bank Stadium
Minnesota by 10
2020
Week 16
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, December 19th, 2020
WISC 20, MINN 17 (OT)
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 3
2019
Week 14
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 30th, 2019
WIS 38, MINN 17
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 21
2018
Week 13
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 24th, 2018
MINN 37, WIS 15
Camp Randall Stadium
Minnesota by 22
2017
Week 13
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 25th, 2017
WIS 31, MINN 0
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 31
2016
Week 13
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
WIS 31, MINN 17
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 14
2015
Week 13
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 28th, 2015
WIS 31, MINN 21
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 10
2014
Week 14
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
WIS 34, MINN 24
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 10
2013
Week 13
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
WIS 20, MINN 7
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 13
2012
Week 8
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
WIS 38, MINN 13
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 25
2011
Week 11
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 12th, 2011
WIS 42, MINN 13
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 29
2010
Week 6
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
WISC 41, MINN 23
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 18
2009
Week 5
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
WISC 31, MINN 28
Huntington Bank Stadium
Wisconsin by 3
2008
Week 12
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
WISC 35, MINN 32
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 3
2007
Week 12
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
WISC 41, MINN 34Wisconsin by 7
2006
Week 7
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, October 14th, 2006
WISC 48, MINN 12
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 36
2005
Week 7
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
WISC 38, MINN 34Wisconsin by 4
2004
Week 11
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 6th, 2004
WISC 38, MINN 14
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 24
2003
Week 12
Wisconsin vs Minnesota
Saturday, November 8th, 2003
MINN 37, WISC 34Minnesota by 3
2002
Week 14
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Saturday, November 23rd, 2002
WISC 49, MINN 31
Camp Randall Stadium
Wisconsin by 18

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2024-2025 College Football Regular Season Standings - Minnesota, Wisconsin
Team Conf Conf% W L PF PA Home Away Strk
Minnesota0-00.00000000-00-0-
Wisconsin0-00.00000000-00-0-

Michigan State vs. Penn State

  • Rivalry Began: November 13, 1914 at Penn State
  • Rivalry Name: Michigan State-Penn State
  • Notable Games:
    • 2021 Week 13 Michigan State 30-Penn State 27
    • 2022 Week 13 Penn State 35-Michigan State 16
    • 2023 Week 13 Penn State 42-Michigan State 0

Rivalry History

The rivalry between the Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions began all the way back in 1914, but they did not play annually until Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993. That same year, the Land Grant Trophy was created by former Michigan State coach George Perles, and the winner of the rivalry game receives the trophy.

For each of the first seven rivalry matchups from 1993 to 1999, Penn State entered the game ranked and the Nittany Lions won five of those games. In the early 2010s, the Spartans, who were ranked in the top 10, won three straight years to take the Land Grant Trophy. Then again in 2021, No. 12 Michigan State defeated the visiting Nittany Lions by three points.

In 2022, No. 11 Penn State blew out Michigan State, 35-16. In his final home game, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford threw an impressive four touchdown passes. The win gave the Nittany Lions their 18th win in the rivalry, which tied them with the Spartans’ 18 victories.

In the 2023 season, the Nittany Lions were ranked No. 11 again as they closed out their regular season against the Spartans. This time, the game was played at Ford Field. Penn State shut out Michigan State, 42-0, and gave the Nittany Lions their 10th win of the season. Penn State quarterback Drew Allar threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. Running back Kaytron Allen rushed for a career-high 137 yards.

Michigan State vs. Penn State Results

Michigan State vs Penn State Matchup Results Since 2002
WeekGameResultMargin
2023
Week 13
Penn State vs Michigan State
Friday, November 24th, 2023
PSU 42, MSU 0
Ford Field
Penn State by 42
2022
Week 13
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 26th, 2022
PSU 35, MSU 16
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 19
2021
Week 13
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 27th, 2021
MSU 30, PSU 27
Spartan Stadium
Michigan State by 3
2020
Week 15
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, December 12th, 2020
PSU 39, MSU 24
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 15
2019
Week 9
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
PSU 28, MSU 7
Spartan Stadium
Penn State by 21
2018
Week 7
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
MSU 21, PSU 17
Beaver Stadium
Michigan State by 4
2017
Week 10
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
MSU 27, PSU 24
Spartan Stadium
Michigan State by 3
2016
Week 13
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
PSU 45, MSU 12
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 33
2015
Week 13
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 28th, 2015
MSU 55, PSU 16
Spartan Stadium
Michigan State by 39
2014
Week 14
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
MSU 34, PSU 10
Beaver Stadium
Michigan State by 24
2010
Week 13
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 27th, 2010
MSU 28, PSU 22
Beaver Stadium
Michigan State by 6
2009
Week 12
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 21st, 2009
PSU 42, MSU 14
Spartan Stadium
Penn State by 28
2008
Week 13
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
PSU 49, MSU 18
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 31
2007
Week 12
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
MSU 35, PSU 31
Spartan Stadium
Michigan State by 4
2006
Week 12
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
PSU 17, MSU 13
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 4
2005
Week 12
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
PSU 31, MSU 22
Spartan Stadium
Penn State by 9
2004
Week 13
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
PSU 37, MSU 13
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 24
2003
Week 14
Penn State vs Michigan State
Saturday, November 22nd, 2003
MSU 41, PSU 10
Spartan Stadium
Michigan State by 31
2002
Week 14
Michigan State vs Penn State
Saturday, November 23rd, 2002
PSU 61, MSU 7
Beaver Stadium
Penn State by 54

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2024-2025 College Football Regular Season Standings - Michigan State, Penn State
Team Conf Conf% W L PF PA Home Away Strk
Michigan State0-00.00000000-00-0-
Penn State0-00.00000000-00-0-
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Big Ten Conference Futures Odds

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2024 Big Ten Odds

Team
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Ohio State
+125
Bet
+150
Bet
Oregon
+220
Bet
+210
Bet
Penn State
+500
Bet
+500
Bet
Michigan
+600
Bet
+700
Bet
USC
+2600
Bet
+2200
Bet
Iowa
+6000
Bet
+4000
Bet
Nebraska
+6000
Bet
+5000
Bet
Washington
+7000
Bet
+5000
Bet
Wisconsin
+7000
Bet
+8000
Bet
Rutgers
+12500
Bet
+10000
Bet
Maryland
+12000
Bet
+12500
Bet
Michigan State
+15000
Bet
+12500
Bet
Illinois
+15000
Bet
+15000
Bet
Northwestern
+20000
Bet
+15000
Bet
Minnesota
+20000
Bet
+20000
Bet
Purdue
+20000
Bet
+20000
Bet
UCLA
+15000
Bet
+20000
Bet
Indiana
+20000
Bet
+30000
Bet

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