Despite suffering two key injuries during the game, Minnesota wins the Pinstripe Bowl over Syracuse, 28-20. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Gophers’ exciting season finale: Minnesota Wins the Pinstripe Bowl Star running back Mohamed Ibrahim played only the first half, and still managed to set new school records for single-season […] READ MORE
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The Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe
The Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe Once again, Minnesota faces off against a team similar to themselves, with a trophy on the line, in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Here’s a look at the similarities and differences between the Gophers and the Badgers ahead of the game. Similarities: As you might expect (it is […] READ MORE
Can Minnesota Extend Their Win Streak?
Can Minnesota Extend Their Win Streak When They Face Iowa? Can Minnesota extend its win streak as the Hawkeyes roll into town? Floyd of Rosedale is on the line, and a Big Ten West championship is still a possibility. In some ways, these teams resemble each other greatly: Each is ranked in the top 10 […] READ MORE
More Quarterback Uncertainty for the Gophers
There’s more quarterback uncertainty for the Gophers (now bowl-eligible!) as they prepare to face Northwestern. Tanner Morgan left the Nebraska game at halftime with what coach P.J. Fleck called an “upper-body injury”. Redshirt freshman Athan Kaliakmanis came in after the break, and the team rallied from a ten-point deficit to a seven-point win. This wasn’t […] READ MORE
Can Minnesota Stop the Skid?
Can Minnesota Stop the Skid Against Rutgers? A home game against Rutgers seems like the perfect occasion for the Gophers to stop the bleeding. After a phenomenal start to the season, and a week in the Top 25, Minnesota has dropped three straight in disappointing fashion. A starting quarterback for the Gophers has yet to […] READ MORE
Uncertainty as Gophers Head to Happy Valley
Uncertainty abounds as the Gophers head to Happy Valley to face #16 Penn State. Are they the team that blazed to a 4-0 start, or are they the team that crashed back to Earth in their past two games? Can they possibly rebound to win the Big Ten West title that pundits (including us) were […] READ MORE
Where Does Penn State Go From Here?
Game six has not been kind to the Nittany Lions the last several seasons. It all started in 2019, with a scare at Iowa. Penn State clawed out of that one with a walk-off touchdown to escape Kinnick Stadium with a 17-12 win. This kept the undefeated season alive for another few weeks. Last season, […] READ MORE
Balance is Key as Minnesota Visits Michigan State
The concept of “balance” that P.J. Fleck talked about at Big Ten Media Days will be key as Minnesota visits Michigan State on Saturday. Fleck talked about how balance isn’t just keeping your run/pass ratio close to 50-50, it’s about being able to do what you need to do to win any particular game. Sometimes […] READ MORE
Pleasant Surprises For Minnesota Through Two Weeks
While a 2-0 start for the Gophers was fairly predictable, the extent to which they’ve dominated opponents was less so. (Especially after the Bowling Green debacle last year). Certain position groups lost major contributors, but so far have performed quite well. Among the standouts are several members of the December 2019 signing class. Here are […] READ MORE
Gophers’ Keys to Victory Over Iowa
Gophers’ Keys to Victory Over Iowa After another head-scratching loss for Minnesota, Floyd of Rosedale is on the line. So is the lead, or at least a share of it, in the Big Ten West. Here are the Gophers’ keys to victory over Iowa: Establish the Run Whether it’s Ky Thomas, Bucko Irving, or a […] READ MORE