Minnesota senior point guard Rachel Banham will miss the rest of the season after injuring her right knee. Coach Marlene Stollings made the announcement Thursday. Stollings says Banham suffered a torn ACL in her knee Wednesday in the first half of the Gophers’ win at North Dakota.
Later this week the Heisman Trophy will add one new member to the most exclusive fraternity in sports. It is widely expected that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will hear his name announced as the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, which would make him the first player in program history to win the highest individual honor in college football.
Andre Hollins scored 24 points as Minnesota defeated Southern 85-57 on Wednesday night. Mo Walker and Carlos Morris each scored 11 points while DeAndre Mathieu added 10 points and five assists for the Gophers (8-2), who shot 54.7 percent from the field and led by as many as 37 points in the second half.
College Football Spotlight: Stage For Awesome Playoff Set And How The Big 12 Can Join The Fun Next Year
The stage is now set for the first College Football Playoff, and it is going to be fantastic. Unfortunately, somebody had to be left out of the big party, and this year the Big 12 saw not one but two worthy candidates be shutout of the playoff.
There were customers in line when the University of Minnesota athletic ticket office opened for business Monday. They were there to buy tickets to the Gopher football team’s upcoming bowl game.
DeAndre Mathieu had 16 points and six assists, one of five players for Minnesota who scored in double digits, to help the Golden Gophers pull away from Western Carolina after a sluggish start and beat the Catamounts 84-64 on Friday night. Carlos Morris pitched in 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Andre Hollins added 15 points for the Gophers (6-2), who were outrebounded 34-26 but scored 29 points off 24 turnovers.
This week’s slate of conference championship games not only serves as an appetizer or opening round to the College Football Playoff, but it doubles as the grand stage for this year’s top Heisman candidates to showcase their stuff and perhaps offer a signature Heisman moment before the votes are due.
Minnesota State Mankato is undefeated, and the new coach is the old coach. Todd Hoffner was initially rejected by his team at spring practice. “I don’t think anybody could understand completely everything that I went through, and how difficult and challenging for myself and my wife,” Hoffner said.
The College Football Playoff will determine college football’s first national champion in the new playoff model in January, but the real playoff begins this weekend.
Steve McWhorter scored 17 points and Milwaukee hit 26 of 31 free throws, including 5 of 6 in the final minute, to hold on to defeat Concordia (Minn.) 64-59 on Saturday. Cody Wichmann added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Trinson White had 12 points for the Panthers (3-4), who trailed the Division II Golden Bears (3-2) 26-24 at the half.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 66-62 in the third place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Joey King’s season-high 15 points led the way for Minnesota (4-2). DeAndre Mathieu also had a season-high 12 points.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota looks to be the favorite this season, but Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon also has a decent shot to win the award. Everybody else may be playing for third place.
Kory Brown sank the winning free throw with 2 seconds remaining to lift North Dakota State to a 64-63 win over Minnesota-Crookston on Tuesday night. Leading by double digits, North Dakota State (3-2) saw its advantage vanish in the final minutes of the game as Minnesota-Crookston closed the gap on a 10-0 run to tie it at 63-all on a 3-pointer by John Huges with 24 second left.
The signs of progress at Minnesota are plentiful. The 22nd-ranked Gophers have cracked the Associated Press poll for the first time in more than six years. They’ve posted consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002 and 2003. They’ve got a chance to go to the Big Ten championship game.
With Thanksgiving upon us, we should all take some time to think about what we are thankful for. There is plenty of drama to pay attention to this weekend, and that is something every college football fan can be thankful for.