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Know the Badgers foe: Minnesota

  This is the 12th in a 12-week Friday series looking at the Wisconsin football team's 2014 opponents. Minnesota's football program is on the rise in coach Jerry Kill's fourth season with the team. The question as it pertains to Wisconsin, however, is this: Are the Gophers good enough to challenge for Paul Bunyan's Axe, or is the gap between the two programs still...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers positional preview: Running backs

  This is the second in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Minnesota football team's Aug. 1 start of practice. Today's position: Running backs Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starter: David Cobb (senior) Key backups: Donnell Kirkwood (redshirt senior), Rodrick Williams Jr. (junior), Berkley Edwards (redshirt freshman) The breakdown: At the beginning of fall camp...
Via Fox Sports North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: A look at the career of Ra’Shede Hageman

The Gophers haven’t had too many players make an impact on defense like linebacker Ra’Shede Hagman has in the past decade. Hageman was not a recruit to brag about when he signed his LOI with the Gophers in 2010 but his development was quite impressive. Scouts ranted and raved about Hageman’s size. At 6’6 311 pounds, Hageman had an NFL ready body coming into Minnesota but...
Via isportsweb.com
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cobb leads talented Gophers rushing corps at outset of spring drills

MINNEAPOLIS -- At this point a year ago, David Cobb was clueless. The Gophers running back had no idea he was on the verge of landing a starting job, not the slightest inkling he'd wind up becoming the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to rush for more than 1,000 yards and morph into one of the Big Ten's top tailbacks. No, last spring, Cobb was just wondering when ...
Via Fox Sports North
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football: Next week’s finale is crucial

The Badgers beat the Gophers 20-7 for the tenth year in a row to keep control of Paul Bunyan’s ax on Saturday. The bitter cold weather could be somewhat to blame, but missed opportunities is what ultimately killed the Gophers. Minnesota needs to reverse these mistakes at Michigan State in the regular season finale to keep their dreams of playing in a New Year’s Day bowl alive...
Via isportsweb.com
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Football: Revisiting the NCAA’s oldest rivalry

For the first time in several years, the Wisconsin-Minnesota football game will be a highly anticipated matchup. The battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will take place Saturday in Minneapolis at 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN. In recent seasons, Wisconsin has dominated Minnesota in the annual meeting of college football’s oldest rivalry. The Badgers have won nine in a row in...
Via isportsweb.com
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers report card: Minnesota handily defeats Penn State

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team continues to win, and has turned into one of the best stories in college football this season. With a convincing 24-10 win over Penn State on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium, the Gophers now have eight wins for the first time since 2003 as they improved to 8-2 -- two wins better than last year's mark with two games remaining...
Via Fox Sports North
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

David Cobb gunning for 1,000 rushing yards, team wins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers running back David Cobb did plenty of things Saturday against Nebraska that stood out to fans and jumped off the box score. The junior carried the load for Minnesota, as the Gophers upset the Huskers. He gained a career-high 138 yards rushing, topping the 100-yard mark for the second straight week. It was the things Cobb did that didn't show up on the stat...
Via Fox Sports North
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

David Cobb gunning for 1,000 rushing yards, team wins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers running back David Cobb did plenty of things Saturday against Nebraska that stood out to fans and jumped off the box score. The junior carried the load for Minnesota, as the Gophers upset the Huskers. He gained a career-high 138 yards rushing, topping the 100-yard mark for the second straight week. It was the things Cobb did that didn't show up on the stat...
Via Fox Sports North
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers looking to carry momentum against Nebraska

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team earned its first Big Ten win last weekend by topping Northwestern on the road. The victory improved the Gophers' record to 5-2 overall, just one win shy of a bowl game berth. That sixth win could be tough to come by this Saturday when Minnesota hosts 5-1 Nebraska. Regardless, the Gophers have plenty of confidence after...
Via Fox Sports North
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers looking to carry momentum against Nebraska

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team earned its first Big Ten win last weekend by topping Northwestern on the road. The victory improved the Gophers' record to 5-2 overall, just one win shy of a bowl game berth. That sixth win could be tough to come by this Saturday when Minnesota hosts 5-1 Nebraska. Regardless, the Gophers have plenty of confidence after...
Via Fox Sports North
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers report card: Solid play all around in crucial win

Minnesota and Northwestern both began the year 4-0 before each team lost two straight entering Saturday's contest. Despite being an underdog on the road, it was the Gophers who emerged victorious with a 20-17 win in Evanston, Ill. Here are the grades for Minnesota's first Big Ten win of the season. Running offense: BWith Rodrick Williams on the sideline for the game due to...
Via Fox Sports North
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers report card: Solid play all around in crucial win

Minnesota and Northwestern both began the year 4-0 before each team lost two straight entering Saturday's contest. Despite being an underdog on the road, it was the Gophers who emerged victorious with a 20-17 win in Evanston, Ill. Here are the grades for Minnesota's first Big Ten win of the season. Running offense: BWith Rodrick Williams on the sideline for the game due to...
Via Fox Sports North
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Golden Gophers Donnell Kirkwood returning this week vs NU?

“You have to be finesse, it’s everything war is, just without a gun and bullets. And I think that’s what I like about it,” Donnell Kirkwood said about the game he plays. The Minnesota Golden Gophers running back was by far the best interview at Big Ten football Media Day. He was so good that he was also the second, third and fourth best interview at this college football...
Via The Sports Bank
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Tyler Mason's Oct. 9 Gophers mailbag

The Gophers football team has a bye this weekend, but that doesn't mean a week off for the mailbag. Minnesota lost to Michigan last Saturday to drop to 0-2 in Big Ten play and 4-2 overall this year. Perhaps more notably was that head coach Jerry Kill was absent from the game. Kill suffered another seizure and remained in Minneapolis. Not surprisingly, several of the questions...
Via Fox Sports North
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Tyler Mason's Oct. 9 Gophers mailbag

The Gophers football team has a bye this weekend, but that doesn't mean a week off for the mailbag. Minnesota lost to Michigan last Saturday to drop to 0-2 in Big Ten play and 4-2 overall this year. Perhaps more notably was that head coach Jerry Kill was absent from the game. Kill suffered another seizure and remained in Minneapolis. Not surprisingly, several of the questions...
Via Fox Sports North
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers notebook: Beating Michigan would be 'defining moment'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three days after losing to rival Iowa on homecoming, the Gophers football team was still feeling the sting of the loss. At the same time, Minnesota knows it has a chance to rebound with a signature win this Saturday. That won't come easy, however, as the Gophers travel to the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan is ranked...
Via Fox Sports North
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers notebook: Beating Michigan would be 'defining moment'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three days after losing to rival Iowa on homecoming, the Gophers football team was still feeling the sting of the loss. At the same time, Minnesota knows it has a chance to rebound with a signature win this Saturday. That won't come easy, however, as the Gophers travel to the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan is ranked...
Via Fox Sports North
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers open Big Ten play against Hawkeyes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Big Ten play is finally here for Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kill's team opens conference play against one of its biggest rivals as the Iowa Hawkeyes come to TCF Bank Stadium for the Big Ten opener. Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start while Iowa suffered a loss to Northern Illinois and went 3-1 in non-conference play. A pig is at stake when these rivals...
Via Fox Sports North
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

5 things: Gophers open Big Ten play against Hawkeyes

MINNEAPOLIS -- Big Ten play is finally here for Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kill's team opens conference play against one of its biggest rivals as the Iowa Hawkeyes come to TCF Bank Stadium for the Big Ten opener. Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start while Iowa suffered a loss to Northern Illinois and went 3-1 in non-conference play. A pig is at stake when these rivals...
Via Fox Sports North
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers give no guarantees to injured players

When Philip Nelson's hamstring strain forced him out of the game, Minnesota turned to redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner at quarterback. Leidner started for the Gophers last week, too. He rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns and tops the depth chart going into the Big Ten opener Saturday against Iowa. Nelson, the sophomore who took over at midseason last year, has no guarantees...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers five things: Tale of two quarterback situations

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team has a chance to improve to 4-0 on Saturday when the Gophers host San Jose State. Minnesota beat Western Illinois last weekend for its third win, but lost starting quarterback Philip Nelson to a hamstring injury. Coach Jerry Kill also suffered a seizure on the sideline at halftime, turning the nation's eye to the coach&...
Via Fox Sports North
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers five things: Tale of two quarterback situations

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team has a chance to improve to 4-0 on Saturday when the Gophers host San Jose State. Minnesota beat Western Illinois last weekend for its third win, but lost starting quarterback Philip Nelson to a hamstring injury. Coach Jerry Kill also suffered a seizure on the sideline at halftime, turning the nation's eye to the coach&...
Via Fox Sports North
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers report card: Even at 3-0, Minnesota has room to improve

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a game marred by the absence of their head coach in the second half, the Gophers topped visiting Western Illinois by a 29-12 final. At halftime, though, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure and left the game on a stretcher. His team led by a narrow 7-6 margin at the half before scoring three second-half touchdowns to pull away from the Leathernecks...
Via Fox Sports North
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers report card: Even at 3-0, Minnesota has room to improve

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a game marred by the absence of their head coach in the second half, the Gophers topped visiting Western Illinois by a 29-12 final. At halftime, though, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure and left the game on a stretcher. His team led by a narrow 7-6 margin at the half before scoring three second-half touchdowns to pull away from the Leathernecks...
Via Fox Sports North
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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