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Gophers add Fresno State to 2018, 2019 football schedule

The Gophers announced Monday that they will play a home-and-home series against Fresno State in 2018 and 2019. These will be the first meetings between the two schools, with the Sept. 8, 2018 game at TCF Bank Stadium and the Sept. 7, 2019 game at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif.

The Big Ten will switch to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. With that in mind, here's a look at the non-conference games Minnesota has slated for the next five seasons:


TCU (Home), Colorado State (Away), Kent State (H), Ohio (H)


Oregon State (H), Indiana State (H), Colorado State (H)


Buffalo (H), Oregon State (A), Middle Tennessee State (H)


New Mexico State (H), Fresno State (H), Miami (Ohio) (H)


South Dakota State (H), Fresno State (A), TBA

Notes: The Gophers play a non-conference game against a Power Five conference opponent the next three years: TCU followed by a home-and-home with Oregon State. But the Gophers currently do not have a Power Five opponent slated for 2018 and 2019. ... Also of note, all three of the Gophers' non-conference games in 2016 and 2018 will be home games, as those are years the Gophers will play five Big Ten road games and four Big Ten home games. Major conference schools across the country have stressed the importance of having seven home games each season for budget purposes.

Gophers football so far: Prime-time kickoffs 4, Morning kickoffs 1

The Gophers on Friday announced their first 11 a.m., kickoff time of the fall after drawing the morning time slot on Big Ten Network for their Sept. 19 home game against Kent State.

Last season, the Gophers played six consecutive games that started at 11 a.m., going 4-2 in those games against Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Nebraska.

For this fall, the Gophers drew four primetime assignments for their games against TCU, Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa.

In a speech last week in Winona, coach Jerry Kill said those primetime games are a sign "you're getting a little more respect from the Big Ten." He said the later starts should make it easier for fans to get there and said the primetime TV spotlight is "huge for recruiting."

Here's a look at the Gophers' schedule with the game time and TV info that has come out so far (all times Central).

(Thurs.) Sept. 3 -- TCU (Home), 8 p.m., ESPN

Sept. 12 -- Colorado State (Away), 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Sept. 19 -- Kent State (Home), 11 a.m., Big Ten Network

Sept. 26 -- Ohio (Home), 2:30 p.m., TV TBA

Oct. 3 -- Northwestern (Away), Time, TV TBA

Oct 10 -- Purdue (Away), Time, TV

Oct. 17 -- Nebraska (Home), Time, TV TBA

Oct. 31 -- Michigan (Home), 7 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Nov. 7 -- Ohio State (Away), 6 or 7 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Nov. 14 -- Iowa (Away), 7 p.m., Big Ten Network

Nov. 21 -- Illinois (Home), Time, TV TBA

Nov. 28 -- Wisconsin (Home), Time, TV TBA

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