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Gophers face huge challenge: Ohio State at the Horseshoe

Gophers face huge challenge: Ohio State at the Horseshoe

Minnesota hasn't beaten Ohio State since 2000 and has only two wins over the Buckeyes since 1981.


Viramontes 2.0: Failed Gophers QB reinvents himself as linebacker

Quarterback Vic Viramontes (7) fumbled the ball during the spring game.

After a highly touted (and unsuccessful) stint as a potential quarterback for Minnesota, Vic Viramontes returned to junior college and is getting Division I offers as a new position.


Outstanding defense? Is Urban Meyer being serious about Gophers?

Outstanding defense? Is Urban Meyer being serious about Gophers?

As football coaches tend to do, Ohio State's head coach spent part of his Monday news conference praising the upcoming opponent.


Gophers look to rebound against Iowa on homecoming

Gophers look to rebound against Iowa on homecoming

Minnesota and the Hawkeyes will battle for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, which Iowa has won for the past three years.


Fleck turns to more true freshmen to fill void left by Winfield

Antoine Winfield Jr.

True freshmen Jordan Howden and Benny Sapp III have been getting practice time at cornerback, and senior Antonio Shenault might end up moving into injured Antoine Winfield Jr.'s spot at safety.


Winfield will miss rest of Gophers season because of foot injury

Minnesota's defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr.

Antoine Winfield Jr. hurt his left foot early in Saturday's game at Maryland. He will undergo surgery, and the Gophers will seek a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility.


Gophers seek 4-0 start in Big Ten opener at Maryland

Gophers seek 4-0 start in Big Ten opener at Maryland

Coach P.J. Fleck is honoring former Gophers tackle Nick Connelly, who died Wednesday, with a helmet decal and lime green wristbands. The Gophers also have a helmet decal in honor of Maryland's Jordan McNair, who died after an offseason workout.


Gophers coach P.J. Fleck sees need for clarity in NFL's roughing-the-passer rules

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck sees need for clarity in NFL's roughing-the-passer rules

Fleck wants the game to be safer but sees confusion over too many judgment calls.


Gophers host Miami (Ohio) on a hot afternoon

Coach P.J. Fleck's team seeks a 3-0 start, and freshmen have played key role. A couple of Gophers greats look back at their freshman seasons.


Gophers' Big Ten opener at Maryland on Sept. 22 will kick off at 11 a.m.

Minnesota's Big Ten opener this year is on the road, and it will be the Gophers' first 11 a.m. start of the season.


Gophers coach P.J. Fleck awaiting test results on injured RB Rodney Smith

Minnesota's running back Rodney Smith is helped off the field after a first quarter injury as Minnesota took on Fresno State at TCF Bank Stadium, Satu

The senior suffered a left leg injury early in Saturday night's win over Fresno State. "A lot of people are going to have to step in and step up with the injury to Rodney,'' Fleck told WCCO Radio.


Pregame: Gophers seek 2-0 start against solid Fresno State team

Coach P.J. Fleck sees the Bulldogs as a Big Ten-caliber team and has plenty of respect for quarterback Marcus McMaryion.


Fleck drops a hint about possible expanded role for Winfield

Antoine Winfield Jr. broke away for a 76-yard return touchdown in the second quarter of the season opener, one of many highlights coaches and players

Antoine Winfield Jr. is still excited about the buzz over his punt-return touchdown in the opener against New Mexico, and would be thrilled with an idea broached by coach P.J. Fleck.


U's Winfield Jr. earns Big Ten special teams honor

U's Winfield Jr. earns Big Ten special teams honor

Antoine Winfield Jr. was named the conference's co-special teams player of the week after returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico State.


Three takeaways from the Gophers' 48-10 win over New Mexico State

Three takeaways from the Gophers' 48-10 win over New Mexico State

The freshman quarterback grew, a returning playmaker made a difference and a reliable running back wore down the Aggies.


Gophers season opener offers the intrigue of youth

Gophers season opener offers the intrigue of youth

True freshman Zack Annexstad will start at quarterback for Minnesota against New Mexico State, and he's just one story line to watch.


Big Ten has Gophers vs. Nebraska in 2023 football opener

Big Ten has Gophers vs. Nebraska in 2023 football opener

The Big Ten released its conference schedules from 2022 through 2025. For Minnesota, highlights include season-ending games against Wisconsin and four straight years of playing Michigan State.


Five freshmen slated to start for Gophers in season opener

Five freshmen slated to start for Gophers in season opener

The team released its depth chart for Thursday's game against New Mexico State, and quarterback Zack Annexstad is joined by two other true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen in the starting lineup.


Despite overall drop, most U sports getting more support – including all women’s teams

Samantha Seliger-Swenson and the Gophers volleyball team are drawing well, as are many of the program's so-called "nonrevenue" sports.

These smaller gains for the Gophers won't offset the million-dollar losses, but jumps in revenue for eight sports show widespread support.


Breaking down the Gophers' opponents: Wisconsin

Breaking down the Gophers' opponents: Wisconsin

The Badgers are loaded, especially on offense with Heisman Trophy candidate Johnathan Taylor operating behind what might be the nation's best line. Is this the year Wisconsin breaks through to make the College Football Playoff?