The University of Minnesota first began playing football in 1882. Their annual rivalry game with Wisconsin is the most played rivalry in NCAA history. The Gophers would have a legitimate dynasty in the '30s when they won 3 straight national titles under Bernie Bierman. 2 more championships in the 1940's and their 7th in the 1960's would be the end of Minnesota's national title hopes. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Minnesota Golden Gophers football tickets.
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2017 Minnesota Season Preview
The Minnesota Golden Gophers 2015 season ended with 6 wins and 7 losses. Even though the Gophers’ head coach stepped down due to health reason midway through the season they were able to finish on a high note with an invite to the Quick Lane Bowl where they won against Central Michigan Chippewas, 21-14. Tracy Claeys has taken on the new role of Minnesotas' head coach in 2016 with hopes that with their running back talent and offensive line they will be contenders for a Big Ten West title. The Golden Gophers have lost star cornerbacks Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calohunin for the 2016 season, but with strong recruiting senior Jalen Myrick and sophomore KiAnta Hardin are expected to take their place successfully. With the use of junior talent, Claeys has been able to fix their most problematic areas, offensive line and defensive tackle. Entering the 2016 season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers top scheduled games will be against Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Football at TCF Bank Stadium Address: 2001 University Ave SE Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414
The team moved back to campus for the first time since 1981 for the 2009 season when their new stadium, the TCF Bank Stadium, opened. The new stadium holds 50,300 fans. Visitors to a Minnesota game will be able to sense the anticipation among Gopher fans, hoping to witness a big rebound . The Minnesota Golden Gophers home bench is on the TCF Bank Stadium sideline with sections 135-145. TCF Bank Stadium parking information is covered in our Golden Gophers event guide.
Minnesota vs. Iowa
These longtime Big 10 foes battle every year for one of the most famous and unique trophies in college football. The bronze pig known as Floyd of Rosedale dates back to 1935 and has exchanged hands over 75 times as supremacy in this series has flowed back and forth. The Gophers own a slight advantage in both the overall and trophy series with this game being known for its physicality.
Minnesota vs. Penn State
This game represents Penn State's initiation into the Big 10, with Minnesota serving as the Nittany Lions first conference opponent in 1993. To celebrate the opening of this series, the governors of both states christened the Governor's Victory Bell awarded to the winner every year. Both teams are known for playing bone-crushing defense and this rivalry reflects the hard-nosed nature of defensive minded programs.
Minnesota vs. Michigan
To say that these two teams have a history would be an understatement. Owning one of the oldest rivalry trophies in college sports, the Little Brown Jug has exchanged hands between the Gophers and Wolverines for over 100 years, with the series dating back to 1892. Although Michigan has dominated the win column, this still serves as one of the most energetic games in the Big 10 and a must see for football fans anywhere.
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
Originating in 1890, this is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, and also home to one of the most intense trophies exchanged in any sport. Paul Bunyans Axe is over 6 feet long and players from the winning team rush the axe following the game and parade it around the field in a celebration that is as passionate as anywhere in the country.
Minnesota Golden Gophers in the College Football Playoff, Bowl Games, and Big Ten Championship
As an original member of the Big Ten the Minnesota Golden Gophers are known as a mainstay, the 18 Big Ten Conference titles they have won has made them legendary. With over 15 bowl game appearances to date and 660 plus wins, the Golden Gophers are one of college footballs most fruitful programs. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the Big Ten Conference Championship Game.
2015 Minnesota Football Preview
The Minnesota Golden Gophers enter 2015 coming off one of their best seasons in a decade. The Golden Gophers finished just behind Wisconsin for the Big Ten West Division title and will look to play in their first Big Ten Championship Game in 2015. Mitch Leidner returns as the quarterback for the Golden Gophers, and accounted for over 20 touchdowns a season ago. The Golden Gophers offense will have to replace leading rusher David Cobb, who rushed for over 1,600 yards a year ago. If senior Roderick Williams Jr. can replicate the season that Cobb had a year ago, Minnesota should be in the thick of the Big Ten West Division race late into the 2015 season. Top home games one the Minnesota Golden Gophers 2015 schedule are against TCU, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
2014 Minnesota Football Preview
The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team had an exceptional year in 2013. The Gophers won 8 games, including wins over Nebraska and Penn State. Jerry Kill enters his 4th season in Minneapolis with incredibly high expectation. The Golden Gophers return dangerous quarterback Mitch Leidner and senior running back David Cobb. They will operate behind a veteran offensive line and should have one of the best offensive attacks in the Big 10. For the Golden Gophers to build on their 2013 success, Minnesota will have to play well in a couple of key games. In the non-conference schedule Minnesota travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU on September 13th, and welcomes the San Jose State Spartans to Minneapolis a week later. Big games for the Gophers in the Big 10 are November 8th against Iowa, November 15th against Ohio State, and November 22nd at Nebraska.
2013 Minnesota Football Preview
As Jerry Kill enters his third season as the head coach of the Golden Gophers, and with a more experienced team, Minnesota is ready to take the leap into becoming more of a factor in the Big Ten. Sophomore Philip Nelson returns as the starting quarterback and Donnell Kirkwood is back after leading the Golden Gophers in rushing yards. Kill will need someone to step up at receiver, but the potential is there for the unit to become a factor in the offense. Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin will travel to TCF Bank Stadium in 2013 for a Big Ten showdown. Kill is hoping to have year three success like he did at Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. Both programs improved to 10-wins during Kill’s third season.
2011 Minnesota Football Preview
Few teams in the Big 10 had a more difficult season than Minnesota last year. After a season-opening win, the Golden Gophers dropped nine straight, including a loss to lowly South Dakota. However, with new coach Jerry Kill at the helm, fans are certainly hoping for a quick turn around and a return to prominence in Minneapolis.
It won't be easy, though, as the offense will greatly miss the contributions of longtime quarterback Adam Weber. Replacing the veteran will be newcomer MarQueis Grey, who has a lot to prove. Grey got some time at receiver last year and is an exceptional athlete, but he will have to showcase his throwing ability for the offense to succeed. A key returning starter will be running back DeLeon Eskridge who is coming off a solid year last season and will need to do more of the same.
Though the offense will need to be solid, it's the defense that needs the most work. Last year the Golden Gophers gave up almost 33 points per game, a figure which is especially high in the super-competitive Big 10. Luckily for fans, they may be able to turn it around with Brandon Kirksey and Anthony Jacobs anchoring the line, and a solid linebacking corps.
2010 Minnesota Football Preview
Minnesota is coming off an appearance in the Insight Bowl, although looking at the stats from 2009 it would may seem like it. The Golden Gophers ranked 100th or worse in three major offensive categories and averaged a paltry 99.5 yards per game rushing.
The anemic offensive production was due a lackluster performance by the offensive line. Thing may not change much this year as the same line is returning and that may not be what senior quarterback Adam Weber wants to hear.
Weber had a decent season in 2009 but had to do it alone, as he rarely had time to throw and the running game was almost non-existent. The offense may be better this year if the line can protect Weber and Duane Bennett can prove to be a viable option between the tackles.
Coach Tim Brewster's defense is less experienced than last year, but that does not mean they do not have the keys to be successful. Brandon Kirksey and Jewhan Edwards anchor a defensive line, and despite being young, the Golden Gophers are athletic.
2010 could be a successful season in Minneapolis as long as the offense takes the next step. Fortunately for Gopher fans, the team has a favorable schedule, as big match-ups against Penn State, Ohio State and Northwestern are all at home.
2009 Minnesota Football Preview
2009 will be a key season for Minnesota Golden Gopher Head Coach Tim Brewster. It will be Brewster's third year on the job, so the Gopher fans will get to see if the talent he is bringing in can take them to the top of the Big 10. Brewster has shown himself to be a masterful recruiter, which contributed to a hot start to the 2008 football season. Aside from wins on the field, Brewster's recruits will also help to put butts in seats as Minnesota opens their new on-campus stadium in 2009. The opening game of the 2009 season will be played at luxurious TCF Bank Stadium, which replaces the Metrodome as the Golden Gophers home stadium. Minnesota fans everywhere are hoping there will be many wins at TCF both in 2009 and going forward.
2008 Minnesota Football Preview
In spite of an atrocious season in 2007, the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team is one to watch closely for the next few years. With a new coach in Tim Brewster who has managed nothing but success in his previous jobs - as a recruiter for and assistant to Mack Brown at UNC and Texas (where he helped recruit Vince Young), and a tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, Brewster will look to beef up the team through recruiting and coach them back to contention in the Big Ten. The Metrodome will roar next season as the Golden Gophers re-establish themselves as a Big Ten power and national contender.