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Football Across Minnesota: Lakeville South, Hutchinson and Dassel-Cokato ran, ran and ran some more on their way to state titles. Fertile-Beltrami fans hit the road for free. And get ready, Gophers fans, for roster comings and goings.
Emotionally, mentally, physically, Minnesota was ready to retake the Axe. The Gophers took the fight to their biggest rivals in a performance that put their best version on display.
Tanner Morgan helped the Gophers defeat Wisconsin as a freshman but has shouldered the disappointment of losing back-to-back games to the Badgers.
Football Across Minnesota: Play-calling has been the dominant topic for Gophers and Vikings fans this fall. Plus: Mankato West's undefeated, unbelievable season; St. John's preps for a playoff rivalry; and a St. Thomas senior who listened to his parents.
The offense reasserted itself in the wake of back-to-back losses that cost the team control of its own destiny to win the Big Ten West.
What does it feel like to enter your name into the NCAA transfer portal? How does it work? Chip Scoggins spoke with standout linebacker Jack Gibbens about his experience.
Mike Zimmer and Klint Kubiak sounded like it was a big deal to acknowledge the need to get Justin Jefferson more involved in the offense, an admission that caused armchair coordinators to mutter, "Well, duh."
Football Across Minnesota: Tom Sawyer arrived at Winona State as a linebacker in the late 1970s and became a fixture as the school's football coach and good guy around town. There's no doubt he'll keep that second role.
By settling for field goals and declining to take risks Saturday in Iowa City, Minnesota once again watched the Hawkeyes parade Floyd of Rosedale.
P.J. Fleck is 0-4 against Iowa and 1-3 against Wisconsin, but the Big Ten West has never been more winnable for the Gophers than it is right now.
We don't know what happened in the 2020 domestic violence incident. We do know that Tuesday night showed clearly the power and pitfalls of social media.
Football Across Minnesota: Michael Floyd and Mike Harris want to know: Is coaching my next big thing? They're getting an education in entry-level jobs at two St. Paul colleges.
Football Across Minnesota: Jaran Roste is one of the MIAC's top QBs. But what really sets him apart is the time he spends with a Bethel University program mentoring students with learning disabilities.
The Vikings embarrassed themselves in a prime-time undoing Sunday night that cranks the heat up on Zimmer's job status by a considerable degree.
When you wake up and realize you've spent half your life covering sports in Minnesota.
A dose of impending reality greeted the Vikings upon returning to work this week: Dak Prescott. Lamar Jackson. Justin Herbert. Aaron Rodgers.
Football Across Minnesota: Eli Thomas couldn't walk away from football. Not until he gave himself one last chance to put on pads and return to the field, even if the whole idea sounded ludicrous.
When a team dominates in the trenches, it usually wins. A simple formula P.J. Fleck's team followed.
Iowa's loss last week to Purdue opened a lane for the Gophers and others in a race that has just begun.
Anthony Edwards put on a show in the opener. His 21 first-half points turned the arena into a house party, not a normal vibe for Target Center. Edwards forces you to pay attention.
Football Across Minnesota: Chip Scoggins was granted access to Minnesota's No. 1 high school football team during a week where adversity found them.
The Vikings put up 571 yards and 34 points against a Carolina team that could do nothing offensively for most of the game and still needed overtime.
Mike Zimmer and Klint Kubiak should have thrown the game plan from last week into a bonfire. The Vikings need to rely more on their two excellent wideouts and $33 million quarterback.
A bizarre and comical penalty shot gave North Stars defenseman and future pub owner Tom Reid, who rarely scored, a moment of glory against Montreal's Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden.
Football Across Minnesota: A Black coach is trying to put down roots, finally, in St. Paul. A quarterback's seven-season roller-coaster ride ended too soon. Vikings play-call frustration, wishing Trey Potts well, what to watch this weekend and more.
This could be a really fun winter in Minnesota if the current optimism about the Wild and Wolves turns into real results.
Football Across Minnesota: At Minnesota State, every detail matters. By the time players see the film Sunday evening, head coach Todd Hoffner has watched it three times. Plus, a White Bear Lake player brings back the dropkick.
Purdue on Saturday ran 86 plays against the Gophers, but Minnesota came up with the critical stops in a much-needed Big Ten win.
Once a prolific college passer, Tanner Morgan has been reduced to a hand-off specialist. The Bowling Green debacle last week was jarring.
Here are a few things you might not have known about Kevin Williams, one of the best defensive linemen in Vikings history, including that he threw up during every game.
Football Across Minnesota: One of the best ever from Minnesota is done playing — for now. Off the field, he's busier than ever. Also, Perham High hits a spectacular 'Money' shot to beat a rival and a Rose Bowl promise 63 years and counting.
The Vikings quarterback pushed all the right buttons against Seattle and continued to leave the impression that something new is clicking this season.
P.J. Fleck wonders why a large metropolis looks down at his program with such negativity and skepticism. Saturday's game was Exhibit A.
Opposing quarterbacks are completing nearly 80% of their passes after two games, and the road doesn't get any easier.
Ko Kieft, in his sixth season with the Gophers, has caught a grand total of six passes in his career. But the team's coaches say he averages one knockdown block every six plays.
Like everyone else, star center Karl-Anthony Towns was confused by a firing Wednesday that is certainly more about behind the scenes than basketball.
Football Across Minnesota: Resilience comes in many forms as losing and winning streaks come to an end in high school football. Another remarkable streak this fall: lives being saved on the sidelines.
Suni Lee, Paige Bueckers, Gable Steveson: They were not long ago rising-star teenage athletes in Minnesota, and now they're cashing in — legally.
Andy Thomsen had one final play in a preseason scrimmage last month, and was tackled in what his coach thought was a routine play. His story is the subject of Chip Scoggins' Football Across Minnesota column, a weekly tour of the sport that brings out many emotions in its debut.
The Gophers did not complete a pass in the second half — a blueprint that won't work once the Big Ten schedule resumes.
Mohamed Ibrahim's injury is devastating, but instead of handing off to his backups more often the Gophers should lean on their experienced quarterback.
There was so much we didn't see during the brutal preseason that it's too early to draw too many conclusions. So much is still unknown.
Speed, talent and explosiveness all separated the two teams in the season opener. It was the difference between a race car and a bulldozer.
Yes, playing Ohio State in the opener is a big game. But let's focus on the big picture: P.J. Fleck's football program has a unique opportunity to take the next step.
Commissioner Kevin Warren guided the Big Ten toward a cooperative agreement with the Pac-12 and ACC. But let's not pretend college football's power struggle is over.
A 12-team field would feature the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams. Let's see how that would have looked last season.
Every team tries hard to establish an identity, and there is no mystery in what the 2021 Gophers football team wants to be known for.
The Gophers offensive line has six players who have made regular starts, a group that has an average size of 6-foot-5 and 336 pounds.
Dwight Lundeen of Becker, Mike Grant of Eden Prairie and Merrill Pavlovich of Delano have combined for more than 1,000 coaching victories, and all three still love their job.
Do you play pull-tabs at your favorite bar? There's a decent chance that game is being operated by a community sports entity. Here's the bond between lawful gambling and youth sports.
Rookie quarterback Kellen Mond, who missed 10 days of practice time because of COVID, should not be judged on his ragged first preseason game against the Broncos.
Those who anticipated the two rookie linemen starting in the season opener were probably being naïve, even if the duo has a low bar to clear to be seen as upgrades.
The situation is complicated, for sure, but the threat that Kirill Kaprizov will return to Russia to play hockey feels more like a bluff than a realistic option.
Gophers nose tackle Micah Dew-Treadway has been there, done that and he's grateful for yet another season after the disappointment of 2020.
With his most important player, quarterback Kirk Cousins, in COVID protocol lockdown, Mike Zimmer let his frustrations with unvaccinated players be known Monday.
Receiving two top-level prospects in exchange for pitcher Jose Berrios does not feel like something to be celebrating for this team.
Ted Morgan was so proud of his son — and it wasn't just because Tanner Morgan overcame long odds to become a standout Big Ten quarterback.
Wild owner Craig Leipold did what fans should hope pro sports owners do: invest, roll the dice and try to win the big one.
The Twins have nose-dived from fourth in team ERA last season to 27th so far this season. Their pitching woes and self-inflicted mistakes were highlighted again this week.
Recruiting, coaching staff, facilities, ticketing, sports medicine — you name it, St. Thomas is changing it. The Tommies are officially Division I now.
A major rebuild would be tough sell to the Twins' fanbase, so keep your expectations at the trade deadline modest.
The U.S. Supreme Court essentially told the NCAA to shove it this past week, too, voting 9-0 against the governing body in an antitrust case that will change the way college sports operate.
Take a can of soda, shake it for 15 seconds and then open it. That's how the stadium looked when Minnesota United scored two early goals in Wednesday night's victory.
Summer and winter, the Park Rapids native vies for spots on U.S. Paralympic Teams. His calendar looks like a slacker's worst nightmare.
Adding 11 defensive free agents gave coach Mike Zimmer everything he wanted to reconstruct the Vikings defense, including the return of Danielle Hunter.
Catchers accept a certain degree of occupational hazard. Foul tips are going to sting body parts. Mitch Garver knows both the risks and the rewards.
Gerrit Cole on the mound, Josh Donaldson in the batter's box and a week's worth of headlines about sticky substances and spin rates ended in a mismatch.
High school seniors in the class of 2021 hold a special place, with a pandemic testing them in ways we can't fully comprehend.
Fail to lure top recruits out of high school? Be patient, coach. You might woo them on the second or third time around as the traditional recruiting model has suddenly become obsolete.
Will the Wolves new owners really want to spend winters living here and view this opportunity as a chance to establish deeply connected civic roots? That likely hinges on the arena situation.
If you ever want to see what a team that doesn't want its season to end looks like, just watch a replay of the Wild's 3-0 win over the Golden Knights.
It's hard to know who are the Twins' core players to keep for the future.
A group of fans who share the Wild rookie's homeland pay tribute on social media and in gatherings.
One goaltender was spectacular. The other was perfect. Game 1 was a master class of puck-stopping with Cam Talbot doing what the Wild were hoping for when he was signed as a free agent.
The rookie has an ability the team has lacked: He can change the game in a heartbeat.