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Minnesota missed a chance to secure home ice.
The Mavericks are in line for an NCAA tournament berth, and with it they'll get a chance at redemption for the fall they took as the No. 1 seed a few years back.
Beginning Friday at Wisconsin, Minnesota has six regular-season games remaining to solidify its chances of making the NCAA tournament.
Preferred walk-ons join the Gophers on a National Signing Day that didn't produce much buzz in Big Ten Country.
Marcus West helped lead a remarkable turnaround by the Austin Peay program.
A night after losing to the Gophers in overtime, the No. 1 Fighting Irish scored a pair of power-play goals, controlled play for most of the game and emerged with a 4-1 victory.
Gophers can improve their NCAA tournament chances by beating Notre Dame, but that's quite the task against the No. 1 Irish and goalie Cale Morris.
The slumping Gophers play at Michigan State on Thursday, then again vs. the Spartans on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The focus will be on getting points, not the bright lights and big city.
The loss was the fifth consecutive in Big Ten play for the Gophers, who are 1-8-1 in their past 10 conference games..
The Gophers lately have been platooning goaltenders.
With the NCAA Frozen Four returning to St. Paul in April, it's not too early to look at a potential tournament field
The shutout ended Minnesota's five-game losing streak against its in-state rival, a team that Gophers coach Don Lucia called the best he's seen this year.
The Gophers have a chance to reverse a downward trend against an in-state rival that has defeated Minnesota four consecutive times and five times in the past six meetings.
Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt, the No. 8 overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in last year's NHL draft, has been the talk of the World Junior Championships.
Two highly recruited offensive linemen listened to Zack Annexstad's pitches and are following him from IMG Academy to become Gophers.
Fleck landed recruits from Eden Prairie and Owatonna for the Gophers' 2019 class, and promoted his chief recruiter to assistant head coach.
Late offers couldn't persuade U four-star recruit Rashod Bateman to flip
So now that the Gophers have a class of 26 new players, who is most likely to see the field starting in late August?…
Vic Viramontes might be the front-runner to be the Gophers' starter next fall. With Demry Croft transferring and Conor Rhoda graduating, Minnesota does not have a QB who has thrown a collegiate pass.
QB's junior college coach said the fit is right: 'I'm really happy he decided to pick Minnesota.'
Sophomore Demry Croft, who started the final six games of the season, will leave the program. A highly regard junior college quarterback, who could be a replacement, was in the Twin Cities on Sunday.
The Gophers kept Jonathan Taylor in check in the first half, holding him to 41 yards on 12 carries. QB Alex Hornibrook, however, completed 13 of 17 first-half passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns
Gophers seniors reflect on highs (a Cutrus Bowl appearance) and the lows (three coaches in three years) as a football chapter closes.
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca faced Wisconsin's tough defense in the Cotton Bowl a year ago. Now, they're better.
Freshman Jonathan Taylor, who operates behind a massive, mobile line, is the engine behind an offense that has fifth-ranked Wisconsin off to an 11-0 start.
Changes made to the depth chart reflect his frustration with drops.
Odds are good there will be enough teams finishing with six victories that Minnesota won't be able to sneak into a bowl game the way it did two years ago.
Sophomore Tyler Johnson missed Minnesota's 39-0 loss at Northwestern on Saturday, reportedly because of a broken left wrist suffered last week against Nebraska.
Another (!!!) bad weather game for the Gophers football team? Coach P.J. Fleck's first Minnesota season has seen enough of those already.
Come next month, the recruiting world will go through a seismic shift as December 20 becomes the circle-the-calendar date for college football programs.
Steven Richardson, a soft-spoken 6-0, 292-pound defensive tackle, expects a good turnout of family, friends and "even past teachers all the way from elementary school" for the Gophers-Northwestern game.
Winfield, who originally hurt the hamstring Aug. 8 in training camp, hasn't played since the first quarter of the fourth game of the season.
The two met for lunch in Evanston, Ill., in 2007, when Fleck was a first-year wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois and wanted to pick Fitzgerald's brain for coaching tips and knowledge.
When a quarterback rushes for nearly 200 yards and a running back piles up almost 300 all-purpose yards, people take notice.And that's exactly what happened…
Rodney Smith piled up a career-best 279 all-purpose yards vs. Nebraska while quarterback Demry Croft added 183 on the ground.
The Cornhuskers have ditched high preseason hopes and are just trying to get to six wins to make a bowl game. That won't be easy.
Coach P.J. Fleck sees Cashman as an example of what he wants in every player, which is why he's been earning more playing time with the Gophers.
Left tackle Donnell Greene is facing discipline from coach P.J. Fleck for an on-field incident last week, and center Jared Weyler left the Michigan game after aggravating a foot injury.
After Michigan ran all over P.J. Fleck's Gophers in a 33-10 victory — the Wolverines rushed for 366 yards on the strength of touchdown gallops of 77, 67 and 60 yards — the coach used the term repeatedly to describe the result.
Antonio Shenault and Kiondre Thomas returned after missing the Gophers' previous game.
The U had to endure one storm from Mother Nature before getting hit by another from the Wolverines offense.
A look at the Barber family and their influence on Gophers football:
The Gophers face a Michigan team playing a quarterback making his first college start.
When the Gophers travel to Ann Arbor for Saturday's battle for the Little Brown Jug vs. Michigan, coach P.J. Fleck will experience a first. "I've never been to the Big House," Fleck said.
Brennan Armstrong, a three-star quarterback from Ohio, who gave the Gophers a verbal commitment in February for 2018, said Monday night that he has reopened his recruiting.
Iowa scored on its opening drive and did enough to hang on to a 17-10 victory over the Gophers, who came tantalizingly close to claiming hold to Floyd of Rosedale.
The Gophers were without their two starting cornerbacks Saturday night against the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes have won seven in row vs. the Gophers at home. P.J. Fleck knows all about the pressure to break that streak. "I can't tell you how many tweets I had, 'Beat Iowa. Beat Wisconsin,'" he said.
Senior has become a most valuable player in Minnesota's secondary.
About the opponent After a strong start (stirring OT comeback to beat Iowa State, narrow loss to Penn State), Iowa fell to Michigan State and…
Kobe McCrary's play during two fill-in roles has Gophers coach P.J. Fleck changing a two-running back rotation into a three-back timeshare beginning with Saturday's game at Iowa.
With the 111th meeting between the Gophers and rival Iowa on tap Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, the lead-up to the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy has been tame.
After making a decision following the first few games not to juggle his quarterbacks, coach P.J. Fleck will now turn attention to moving his top three running backs in and out of the game.
P.J. Fleck hasn't made knee-jerk decisions about his quarterbacks, and he indicated on Sunday that the starting job belongs to Croft.
The ground game led by Kobe McCrary and Rodney Smith carried P.J. Fleck to his first Big Ten win.
The senior linebacker made the game's key play, intercepting a pass by Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas and returning it 31 yards for a touchdown and 24-10 Gophers lead with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter.
What worked before is likely to work again when the Gophers take on Illinois.
C.J. Smith III, a senior, is a 6-1, 175-pounder who rescinded his verbal commitment to Georgia Southern.
In their three Big Ten games the Gophers have allowed an average of 213 rushing yards, which ranks 13th of 14 conference teams.
Win or lose, the Gophers at the halfway point have drawn lessons from each game under P.J. Fleck.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck remained noncommittal Tuesday about his quarterback for Saturday's homecoming game, and the depth chart lists Conor Rhoda "or" Demry Croft as the starter.
Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has missed two games because of a left hamstring injury he aggravated Sept. 30 vs. Maryland.
Despite Demry Croft's strong performance after replacing Conor Rhoda, coach P.J. Fleck said he was keeping his decision 'in-house' about who'll start against Illinois.
Demry Croft replaced Conor Rhoda at quarterback and nearly led the Gophers back thanks to three late TDs but ultimately came up three points shy.
Saturday's 7 p.m. kickoff against No. 21 Michigan State was delayed 34 minutes because of nearby lightning strikes.
That long view is hard for some Gophers fans to see this week after two frustrating losses. Compounding the situation are injuries and suspensions that have hit P.J. Fleck's team.
In two Big Ten games, opponents have put up 32 fourth-quarter points on the Gophers. "We've got to learn from it, we've got to grow from it," defensive coordinator Robb Smith said.
The Gophers released their depth chart for Saturday night's game against Michigan State, and among the changes listed was an interesting one at quarterback.
Injuries have forced the Gophers to exhaust their depth and play more than a dozen freshmen throughout the lineup.
The Gophers need improvement in the passing game, players getting healthy, youngsters maturing quickly and even some good fortune to reverse their winless Big Ten start.
The Gophers collected four first-half turnovers Saturday from Purdue, but left the door open after halftime and lost late after allowing a touchdown and throwing a pick-six interception.
The Gophers took a trio of hits Saturday when wide receiver Phillip Howard, offensive tackle Nick Connelly and cornerback Kiondre Thomas suffered injuries and did not return.
Brady Brohm, 12, who aspires to be a football coach, may be conflicted Saturday.
Purdue has become more competitive under first-year coach Jeff Brohm.
Phillip Howard, a redshirt freshman and former standout from Robbinsdale Cooper, is slated to start for the second consecutive week when the Gophers face Purdue on Saturday in West Lafayette
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