Nathan Carter (5) and his Michigan State teammates face No. 8 Washington on Saturday.

— Al Goldis, Associated Press

Which Big Ten teams reach 3-0? Find out in Randy Johnson's picks

Penn State faces Illinois and Michigan State plays host to Washington in two of the Big Ten's most intriguing matchups.

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck gathers football team for Sept. 11 remembrance

The Gophers football team visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York on Dec. 27 last year, two days before the Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse.

— Randy Johnson, Star Tribune

P.J. Fleck also said there is "definitely a chance" Gophers linebacker Cody Lindenberg returns from injury for Saturday's game at North Carolina.

Gophers' big challenge vs. North Carolina: Facing quarterback Drake Maye, ACC's top offensive player

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye celebrated a rushing touchdown in double overtime against Appalachian State on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

— Reinhold Matay, Associated Press

Facing a quarterback like Drake Maye, who projects as a top five NFL draft pick, is another opportunity for Minnesota as they enter a daunting five-game stretch.

Gophers know North Carolina's Drake Maye 'can do it all' at quarterback

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye threw a pass during a double-overtime victory over Appalachian State on Saturday in Chapel Hill.

— Rerinhold Matay, Associated Press

Drake Maye was a five-star recruit and highly coveted by teams wishing he would transfer after a breakout season last fall. North Carolina is glad he stayed.

Apple Valley grad Spencer Rolland is a top offensive lineman for North Carolina, getting ready to face the Gophers

North Carolina offensive lineman Spencer Rolland (75) blocks Appalachian State defensive end Kevin Abrams-Verwayne (97) on Saturday.

— Reinhold Matay, Associated Press

North Carolina senior right tackle Spencer Rolland, who played at Apple Valley, faces the Gophers on Saturday in Chapel Hill.

Gophers rise, Badgers fall in Randy Johnson's Big Ten Power Rankings

Washington State running back Nakia Watson (25) rushed for a second-half touchdown against Wisconsin on Saturday in Pullman, Wash.

— Young Kwak, Associated Press

Wisconsin tumbled after a road loss at Washington State, while Maryland is another team on the rise.

Gophers QB recruit Drake Lindsey fires four touchdown passes with P.J. Fleck watching him

Fayetteville (Ark.) senior Drake Lindsey committed to the Gophers in the spring. The 6-5 quarterback has been hot to start this season.

— Courtesy Ken Sharits Photography

Drake Lindsey, a Gophers QB recruit from Fayetteville (Ark.), has been putting on a show to start his senior year.