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.