A look at how the schedule stacks up for the Gophers to post a signature victory:
Potential signature victories
Gophers coach Jerry Kill has suggested his program is in search of a signature victory. Here is a look at the Gophers’ 12-game schedule in 2013 with a ranking of which games have the chance to make the biggest impact if Minnesota wins. (1 = biggest potential impact; 12 = smallest potential impact) This is not a ranking of the caliber of each Gophers opponent — Northwestern could be tougher than Penn State, for example — but a reading of how much each win would mean to Minnesota’s program.
Aug. 29 vs. UNLV (10): The Rebels pushed the Gophers to triple OT last year but finished 2-11.
Sept. 7 at New Mexico State (11): The Aggies (1-11 last year) replaced North Carolina on this schedule.
Sept. 14 vs. Western Illinois (12): The Leathernecks, an FCS team, averaged fewer than 10 points per game last year.
Sept. 21 vs. San Jose State (9): The Spartans (11-2) are good, but fans won’t get too excited about a Mountain West opponent.
Sept. 28 vs. Iowa (8): Big game, but the Gophers defeated Iowa as recently as 2010 and 2011.
Oct. 5 at Michigan (1): Winning at the Big House for the second time since 1986 certainly would move the needle.
Oct. 19 at Northwestern (6): The Wildcats won 10 games last year and are 5-1 against the Gophers since 2007.
Oct. 26 vs. Nebraska (3): The Cornhuskers could easily be 6-0 heading into this game. A loss would crush them.
Nov. 2 at Indiana (7): Wouldn’t be a signature win, but the Gophers are 2-16 in Bloomington since 1969.
Nov. 9 vs. Penn State (4): The Nittany Lions might be on probation, but they were 8-4 last year.
Nov. 23 vs. Wisconsin (2): The three-time defending Big Ten champion is 9-0 against the Gophers since 2004.
Nov. 30 at Michigan State (5): If the Spartans rebound, this would be especially big for Minnesota on the road.
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||11||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano||3|
|Houston - WP: J. Fields||7||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Robertson||4|
|Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: A. Burnett||2|
|Arizona - LP: C. Anderson||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: S. Strasburg||8|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Smith||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: K. Uehara||3|
|Detroit - WP: J. Johnson||8||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: G. Balfour||6|
|Texas - LP: N. Cotts||3||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Dyson||4|
|San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong||0||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: T. Wada||2|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||5||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana||1|
|Cleveland - WP: K. Crockett||7||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: B. Duensing||5|
|Toronto - LP: J. Happ||1||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Fiers||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Hoover||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: P. Neshek||5|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Shields||7||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||4|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||2||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Kazmir||6|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||6||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: K. Correia||8|
|Pittsburgh||8/21/14 6:30 PM|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|