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.
|Los Angeles - LP: Z. Greinke||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||4|
|San Diego - LP: J. Benoit||3||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: B. Logan||6|
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||7||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Grilli||8|
|Miami - LP: S. Cishek||3||FINAL|
|Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler||4|
|Washington||4||Top 5th Inning|
|NY Yankees||1||Top 5th Inning|
|Atlanta||0||Top 6th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||1||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||3||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Kansas City||2||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Houston||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Philadelphia||1||Top 2nd Inning|
|Pittsburgh||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Minnesota - K. Gibson||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - R. Elias|
|Oakland - J. Hammel||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - M. Cain|
|Winnipeg||7/11/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/11/14 9:00 PM|
|Calgary||7/12/14 5:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||7/12/14 8:30 PM|
|Edmonton||7/17/14 7:30 PM|
|New York||13||1st Qtr 0:41|