Northwestern interim head coach David Braun is a former defensive coordinator at North Dakota State.

— Erin Hooley, Associated Press

Gophers-Northwestern: Watching and following the game

Will Northwestern put a scare into the Gophers? Randy Johnson breaks down the game

Northwestern quarterback Ben Bryant, right, handed off to running back Cam Porter in the team’s 38-7 victory against UTEP on Sept. 9.

— Erin Hooley, Associated Press

The Gophers have freshman Darius Taylor coming off two straight 100-yard rushing games, but sophomore QB Athan Kaliakmanis needs to find his rhythm.

Pregame: Athan Kaliakmanis aims to get back on track vs. Northwestern

Ryan Field shown three hours before Saturday’s Gophers-Northwestern game.

— Randy Johnson, Star Tribune

Third-year sophomore Athan Kaliakmanis struggled last week, and will try to guide the Gophers to a 2-0 Big Ten record Saturday evening in Evanston.

Gophers football team gets boost from FCS transfers like Jack Henderson

Gophers defensive back Jack Henderson, a transfer from Southeastern Louisiana, led the team with 11 tackles in last week’s loss at North Carolina.

— Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

The Gophers, who play at Northwestern on Saturday night, have seen the impact transfers from the FCS level can make, especially on defense.

Is Northwestern the worst team in the Power Five? Gophers have a different take

Northwestern interim coach David Braun took over the team after longtime coach Pat Fitzgerald was fired in July over alleged hazing in the program.

— Adam Hunger, Associated Press

Even before the alleged hazing scandal, Northwestern football had fallen on hard times. The Gophers' next opponent Saturday has 11 consecutive losses vs. Power Five foes.

P.J. Fleck wants Gophers to absorb 'failures' from North Carolina loss ahead of Northwestern

Gophers quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis bobbled the ball under pressure from North Carolina on Saturday.

— Grant Halverson, Tribune News Service

"You cannot skip failing," Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. "I'm not talking about spring-game failing. I'm talking about live game reps. Failing is the only way you grow."

Gophers running back recruiting pipeline keeps humming with Jaydon Wright's commitment

Gophers recruit Jaydon Wright is a 6-foot, 220-pound senior who is thriving in his final season at Bishop McNamara high school in Illinois.

— Cody Samuelson

Jaydon Wright, a senior at Bishop McNamara (Ill.), has scored three touchdowns in a game twice this season and has been a standout on defense.