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College football insider: Florida State vs. Clemson; Colorado vs. Oregon, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame and Penn State vs. Iowa to name a few.
The Big Ten schedule heats up with two Top 25 matchups and an interesting test for Michigan against a team that usually isn't undefeated.
The Gophers have yet to produce a gain of 30 or more yards, and the path toward fixing that starts with sophomore quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis.
The Gophers wore black helmets, black jerseys and black pants for their Sept. 9 game against Eastern Michigan. That look didn't sit well with those who prefer maroon and gold.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck welcomed two of his former leaders back into the fold after each got a taste of the NFL as undrafted free agents.
Among the failures in the loss to North Carolina: Giving up too many big plays, not converting offensive chances and other things coach P.J. Fleck said could have been done 'way better.'
There are six undefeated teams remaining in the Big Ten, a group that no longer includes Minnesota after its loss at North Carolina. But not all of them are ahead of the Gophers.
Gophers Football Insider: Coach P.J. Fleck offered a solid summary on the 31-13 loss. "People open downfield, dropped balls, tipped balls, balls that were inaccurate. We also missed explosive plays, and we were still in the game."
Minnesota's offense couldn't get the ball in the end zone enough to keep up with a ranked North Carolina team and the defense learned what it was like to face on the nation's top quarterbacks.
Wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell, who was questionable, played but did not have a catch.
Blown coverages by the Gophers and the big arm of North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye combined for a flurry of big plays by the 20th-ranked Tar Heels. Maye threw for 414 yards.
Linebacker Cody Lindenberg and wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell are questionable for Minnesota.
Darius Taylor gave a verbal commitment to the U in April of his junior year in high school. Then it became a precarious ride for P.J. Fleck when other top teams, including Michigan, still keep coming after him.
The No. 20 Tar Heels started with a convincing 31-17 victory over South Carolina before needing double-OT to escape a loss to Appalachian State. Which team will lose its first game of the season?
College Football Insider: This weekend's trip to North Carolina is another example of how the Gophers are trying to create a more attractive non-conference schedule.
Penn State faces Illinois and Michigan State plays host to Washington in two of the Big Ten's most intriguing matchups.
Drake Maye was a five-star recruit and highly coveted by teams wishing he would transfer after a breakout season last fall. North Carolina is glad he stayed.
Drake Maye of 20th-ranked North Carolina was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2022 after passing for 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns while rushing for 698 yards and seven TDs.
P.J. Fleck also said there is "definitely a chance" Gophers linebacker Cody Lindenberg returns from injury for Saturday's game at North Carolina.
Wisconsin suffered a loss at Washington State that knocked them down in Randy Johnson's rankings. Meanwhile, Maryland is a team on the rise after a slow start and fast finish.
From establishing the run game to getting solid special teams play, the Gophers improved to 2-0 with a 25-6 win.
Defensive tackle Kyler Baugh, who transferred to Minnesota from a small school in Texas, was a key asset against Eastern Michigan. His dominance came via a big assist from the Gophers defense.
A clock-draining running attack and a stingy defense helped the Gophers pull away Saturday night at Huntington Bank Stadium. True freshman Darius Taylor rushed 33 times for 193 yards and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell also was listed as questionable in the Big Ten's availability report
Minnesota rallied late last week to edge Nebraska and now faces an opponent that's made a habit of beating Power Five foes.
Dragan Kesich's game-winning field goal beat Nebraska, a moment the fourth-year player of Serbian heritage has been preparing for all his competitive life.
Memories of a loss to another Mid-American Conference opponent — 20-14 to Bowling Green in 2021 — should keep the team focused Satirday night's game against Eastern Michigan.
Coach Deion Sanders' Colorado looks to build on a stunning opener at TCU, facing a Nebraska team that needs to bounce back after blowing a late lead vs. the Gophers.
The Gophers saw what a difference the rule can make against Nebraska in their opener. Each team essentially had only three first-half possessions.
Tenth-year Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton has built a Mid-American Conference program that seems to feast on Power Five opponents.
Tyler Nubin's second interception set up Dragan Kesich's winning field goal in the 13-10 win over Nebraska.
The Gophers ran more than twice as many pass plays in their opener as they averaged during the 2022 season. P.J. Fleck explained why they turned away from the running game.
The first weekend of Big Ten football featured a couple of overpowering performances, a few teams with concerns and others that will need more of a challenge to best judge them.
Fleck said Monday safety Tyler Nubin called his shot before intercepting a pass that set up the Gophers' game-winning field goal vs. Nebraska. He also added some context.
The Huskers still looked like a team coached by Scott Frost, and the Gophers showed a ton of resiliency — though the running game and offensive line are works in progress.
The Gophers needed every inch for Daniel Jackson to complete his catch against Nebraska, just as they did when Chris Autman-Bell worked his magic vs. Fresno State.
Daniel Jackson made a spectacular 13-yard touchdown catch, dragging his back foot along the end zone sideline. Dragan Kesich's extra point tied the game, and he won it as time expired.
The Gophers listed Chris Autman-Bell as questionable for Thursday night's game against Nebraska.
The Gophers open against a team it knows well from the Big Ten West. But this matchup figures to look different for a number of reasons.
Randy Johnson makes his pick as Nebraska will be breaking in a new coach (Matt Rhule) and new quarterback (Jeff Sims) in Thursday night's sold-out season opener against the Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium.
Quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis has embraced the leadership role that comes with the position. His first major test comes tonight with the Gophers open their season against Nebraska.
The Hawkeyes have an intriguing match-up to start the season, and both Purdue and Illinois should also get tested.
The schedule will be unrelenting for a football team in transition, but coach P.J. Fleck remains focused on his stated goal of winning the Big Ten West.
The Gophers bolstered their roster — especially at running back and wide receiver — with some key new faces from the transfer portal.
The Gophers men's hockey team announced its full schedule Monday. It starts vs. St. Thomas on Oct. 13 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Gophers have been on a roll producing NFL defensive backs. Tyler Nubin could be next, and he has a big fan in former U safety Antoine Winfield Jr.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck's staff has studied video from Matt Rhule's previous stops before Nebraska.
Athan Kaliakmanis, Brevyn Spann-Ford, Tyler Nubin and five other Gophers will have a lot to say about the team's success this season.
Matt Rhule at Nebraska and Luke Fickell at Wisconsin are two of the division's four new coaches. Both are looking to restore success to programs that have been struggling.
New coaches and quarterbacks dot the landscape in the final year of the Big Ten being split into East and West divisions. College football writer Randy Johnson on who comes on top and which teams will go to bowl games.
Coach P.J. Fleck is challenging his players to view the upcoming games as opportunities. College football analysts believe it's the second-toughest schedule in the country.
Coach P.J. Fleck continues to say how much he likes this team but knows there are "a lot of challenges ahead."
Georgia is a near-unanimous pick to win its third consecutive national championship. The Gophers received some votes, but not enough to make the Top 25.
A season-ending injury last season and a COVID waiver has put Chris Autman-Bell in that small group of players returning to a college team for a seventh season.
Matthew Grimes played for Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island last season and will skate for Sioux Falls of the USHL in 2023-24.
Kyler Baugh wasn't a four-star recruit out of high school, where he played in a small Oklahoma town with a population under 1,000. He's brought an attitude to Minnesota that's served the Gophers well on the defensive line.
While curious and excited about the expanding Big Ten conference, Gophers football players say they're remaining focused on the upcoming season.
Quinn Carroll chose Notre Dame after finishing at Edina as the state's top-ranked prospect in his graduating class, then took the transfer portal back to Minnesota. He's found a home — and a starting job.
Afterlosing key players over the offseason, a number of starting spots are up for grabs if players can impress coach P.J. Fleck.
Minnesota is the only state in the Big Ten that doesn't allow sports gambling, but administrators know the time is coming and scandals at Iowa and Iowa State show how serious the consequences can be for athletes.
The two West Coast schools will join the conference for all sports in the 2024-2025 season, creating an 18-team league.
After losing some top players to graduation, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck has taken a musical approach to getting ready for what ESPN has called the second-most challenging football schedule in the nation.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said that allegations like the ones reported by Front Office Sports aren't uncommon, and the majority come from players "dismissed or removed from our football team."
Wisconsin, Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern were all breaking in new coaches at Big Ten media days this week.
Gophers safety Tyler Nubin and tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford were among 10 players named to the Big Ten preseason honors list.
The heat was on in Indianapolis for Northwestern's new interim coach David Braun, along with new Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti.
Northwestern's players announced they won't attend the event in the wake of a hazing scandal, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is facing a possible four-game suspension.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck is slated to talk to reporters on Thursday morning
The annual Cleveland.com poll has become a staple the same week as Big Ten media days.
With 50 days until the season-opener against Nebraska, the Gophers gathered for photos, videos and media interviews. Here are the highlights.
Athan Kaliakmanis is an Antioch, Ill., native who is soaking up the outdoors in Minnesota while getting ready for training camp.
Owen Bartoszkiewicz will join the Youngstown Phantoms, the team for which he played in 2021-22. He retains two years of college eligibility.
With 23 players committed to the 2024 recruiting class — the most among FBS teams — the Gophers currently are ranked 10th nationally by one scouting service.
Nathan Roy is the top overall player in Wisconsin and the highest-ranked player in the 2024 class to pick Minnesota.
College Football Insider: The Gophers get one more chance to win the Big Ten West. But then the climb to the conference title game gets steeper.