There’s a buzz around the University of Minnesota campus and for the first time in a very long time, it’s surrounding the Gophers football program.
For years, college football fans had been clamoring for an on-campus stadium for the University of Minnesota. They got it, and now the Gophers are sharing it with the Minnesota Vikings and even the Minnesota State High School League.
A day after five players from the University of Minnesota football team earned All-Big Ten first team honors, the man leading the program got an award for the first time in 15 years. Gophers football coach Jerry Kill was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year Tuesday by the media and his peers in the conference.
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.
The University of Minnesota football team got one of its biggest wins in program history at Nebraska Saturday, and a defensive player got an award from the Big Ten Conference in the process. Defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun was selected a Co-Defensive Player of the Week along with Ibraheim Campbell of Northwestern.
Minnesota (7-3, 4-2) is at Nebraska Saturday looking for its second straight win over the Cornhuskers. A victory would send them to face Wisconsin for the Big 10 West title and a trip to the conference title game.
Aside from Wisconsin-Nebraska, the Minnesota-Ohio State game is the one with the most obvious Big Ten title implications. The Gophers play both Nebraska and Wisconsin after this weekend, so all is not lost even if they fall to Ohio State.
Minnesota has won four straight, is undefeated in the Big Ten and has locked up a spot in some kind of bowl game. Coach Jerry Kill says his Gophers (6-1, 3-0) have done all that without really playing their best.
Two University of Minnesota football players were honored by the Big Ten Conference Monday after the Gophers beat Purdue 39-38 in their homecoming game Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. With the win, Minnesota improved to 6-1 on the season, 3-0 in conference play and became bowl-eligible for the third straight season.
Minnesota is built around a power running attack, with sound defense and special teams to back it up. The Gophers were even good enough one afternoon last month to beat San Jose State by three scores while completing only one pass. Mitch Leidner missed that game with injuries, and since he’s returned there have been signs that, yes, this team can throw the ball.
The Gophers football team is off to a 2-0 start in the Big Ten Conference, and two players were recognized by the league after their win over Northwestern on Saturday. Linebacker Damien Wilson is leading the league in tackles with 11 per game, and he collected a career-high 15 tackles with 1.5 sacks to lead the Gophers defense in the victory.
There was plenty of excitement among fans last Saturday after the University of Minnesota football team beat Michigan 30-14 to reclaim the Little Brown Jug. Gophers fans looking to see the Little Brown Jug for themselves and even take a picture with it can do so Wednesday and Thursday night.
Minnesota at Michigan. The Little Brown Jug is on the line. So, it seems, is Brady Hoke’s job based on the noise coming out of Ann Arbor. Last week’s 16-point loss to Utah at home, following the 31-0 defeat at Notre Dame two weeks earlier, has made this as much a must-win game as there can be in late September.
Freshman quarterback Chris Streveler had a big game Saturday as the University of Minnesota football team beat San Jose State 24-7, and he received a weekly Big Ten honor Monday as a result.
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