The Little Brown Jug has been on a victory parade of sorts after Minnesota took it from Michigan for just the second time in the last 24 games of one of the longest running rivalries in college football. It’s hard to blame the Golden Gophers, or their giddy fans and school officials, for reveling in the aftermath of a 30-14 victory at the Big House on Sept. 27.
Each week of college football should be seen as a chapter, and the season the full novel. The only thing is, you cannot script drama this good.
Nebraska has three Heisman Trophy winners in its storied football history. Running back Ameer Abdullah has a shot to become the school’s fourth Heisman winner.
October is the best month for college football, and it is getting started on the right foot this weekend. The first weekend in October will serve up six games between top 25 teams, which will be a nice breath of fresh air after the last few weeks.
Amid all the big-picture issues facing Michigan’s football program right now — empty seats, fan frustration and the future of coach Brady Hoke — the Wolverines have a more immediate question to resolve.
Every season is different when it comes to the Heisman Trophy, but history suggests it will be very tough for Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper to have a legitimate shot at striking a pose in New York at the end of the season.
Here is what you need to know about the College Football Playoff.
Minnesota is the preseason pick by WCHA women’s coaches to win the conference this season. The WCHA announced the preseason poll Tuesday. The Gophers, who were beaten by Clarkson in the NCAA championship game last season, are the reigning WCHA regular season and playoff champions.
Minnesota quarterback Chris Streveler walked into class on Monday after the victory against San Jose State and the teasing began. “Hey, Strev,” they cracked, “nice completion.”
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is still struggling with injuries to his knee and toe and remains a question mark for the Golden Gophers as they open practice to prepare for Michigan. Leidner missed the game last week against San Jose State, and coach Jerry Kill says it’s too early to count him out.
As long as Florida State remains in the College Football Playoff conversation, Jameis Winston will be given plenty of opportunities to create his next Heisman moment.
Conference play will begin picking up this week, but there will also be some key non-conference match-ups as well. Defending SEC champion Auburn heads to Kansas State for a Thursday night match-up. This could be the Big 12’s last chance to leave a huge impression on the selection committee.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner has a turf toe injury on his left foot, leaving his availability uncertain for this week’s game against San Jose State. Coach Jerry Kill said Leidner would practice Tuesday but won’t play Saturday if he’s not deemed 100 percent healthy.
There have been some worthy candidates since the Ducks became recognized as a national power in the sport, but quarterback Marcus Mariota may have the best chance to finally end that Heisman drought in Eugene.
It is “the” test of the non-conference season for the Gophers football team. They’re headed to Fort Worth to face Texas Christian University. They’re two touchdown underdogs who are physically beaten up.