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Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 1991 through 1995, he was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.

Gophers face first big test with conference opener at Michigan State

Minnesota steamrolled three opponents in the nonconference season, but the Spartans figure to be a much more formidable foe.

Gophers are a statistical wonder, but can that hold up vs. Spartans?

Minnesota's overwhelming success against three inferior opponents has been especially acute on third down, but now comes the start of Big Ten play.

Randy Johnson's Gophers-Spartans prediction: Who wins and why?

The Gophers have enough talent on both sides of the ball to compete against a Michigan State team trying to bounce back from last week's loss at Washington. Does talent equal victory, though?

Big Ten schedule gets serious, featuring Gophers-Spartans, Badgers-Buckeyes

College Football Insider: Four intraconference games offer enough intrigue to keep a viewer busy all day, highlighted by Saturday night's Wisconsin vs. Ohio State battle.

Big Ten picks: Will Rutgers do Gophers a favor and beat Iowa?

Randy Johnson sizes up the Scarlet Knights' chances, along with Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, in his weekly predictions. His nonconference picks don't flatter a couple of Big Ten teams.

After seven years, U receiver from Lakeville finally finds the end zone

From walk-on to bit player to scholarship athlete to a season-sidelining injury, Lakeville's Clay Geary has taken a long road to the spotlight.

Coaches pick Gophers to win Big Ten men's hockey championship

Forward Matthew Knies and defenseman Brock Faber earned preseason first-team all-conference honors from the coaches.

Big Ten power rankings: U, Wisconsin climb; Mich. State drops

Ohio State and Michigan have yet to budge, but several other teams have shifted, including Rutgers and Indiana, which are both off to 3-0 starts.

Bring the noise: Gophers turn up volume to prepare for Spartans

"If you would have come to practice today, you'd be sitting here exhausted, ready to drink a few beers, just to settle down,'' coach P.J. Fleck joked.

Gophers' preparation for physical Big Ten began way back in the spring

P.J. Flek said the Gophers emphasis on rugged play that began in spring ball will get a test in their Big Ten opener against Michigan State.