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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.

Hartman writes three columns each week.

Hartman: Gophers beat themselves in first loss of the season

Then they almost completely dominated in the second half, but they just had too many uncharacteristic plays.

Hartman: Vikings safety Harris ranks among NFL's best

Undrafted out of college in 2015, Anthony Harris has been one of the Vikings' biggest surprises.

Hartman: Gophers toughened by close victories early in season

Nonconference victories made the Gophers confident in the big-play ability they displayed vs. Penn State.

Hartman: Gophers put together a historic performance vs. Penn State

Sid Hartman writes: "I have covered Gophers football for 75 years, and I have never seen a display like I saw after P.J. Fleck's 17th-ranked squad defeated No. 4 Penn State."

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Despite a tough loss at Kansas City last week, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has posted a 127.1 passer rating over his past…

Hartman: The Proof Is In The Paper

Gophers star Bobby Bell should never have been called for a late hit against Wisconsin in 1962.

Hartman: U's senior defensive players will play vital role vs. Penn State

The veteran Gophers' defense has weathered tough times with Minnesota, and now is contributing to the team's 8-0 start.

Hartman: NFL coaching great Parcells says upcoming schedule will test Vikings

Bill Parcells hasn't coached since 2006, but he has kept in close touch with Mike Zimmer. "They have some tough road games. I think that will be a key time for the Vikings," Parcells said.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Who would have thought the Gophers football team would begin November ranked ahead of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa?   • Gophers coach

Hartman: Vikings rookie receiver Johnson has been a quick learner

It's an impressive rookie season, considering rookie Bisi Johnson was drafted in the seventh round, only eight picks from the final selection of the 2019 draft.