MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck understood one of his major assignments upon taking this job was to alter the balance of power in the Gophers’ rivalry with Wisconsin.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin won’t have leading rusher Braelon Allen available for the Badgers’ regular-season finale Saturday with Minnesota.
The Badgers’ pregame status report lists Allen as out due to an injured right leg.
Minnesota (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (6-5, 4-4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Wisconsin by 3
Nebraska (3-8, 2-6 Big Ten) at Iowa (7-4, 5-3), Friday, 4 p.m. EST (Big Ten Network)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Iowa by 10 1/2.
In his usual upbeat way, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck tried to come to terms with how his team's Big Ten title chances slipped away.
“There are some things that we look back on, and you’re always going to circle one or two plays, but none of us wanted it to happen the way that it happened, but it happened," he said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim was having a hard time realizing how remarkable of a game he had just played for Minnesota, with the sting of another loss to rival Iowa only an hour old.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Iowa's normally dominant defense was trampled all afternoon, in a timeless and tireless performance by Mohamed Ibrahim and the Minnesota offensive line.
Jack Campbell and the Hawkeyes just kept fending off any feeling of defeat and focused on finding the ball.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quarterback Cade Sexauer ran for two touchdowns, Yusef Leak returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, and St. Thomas of Minnesota won the Pioneer Football League championship with a 27-13 victory over Butler on Saturday.
Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at Minnesota (7-3, 4-3), 4 p.m. EST (Fox)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Minnesota by 2 1/2.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns and Minnesota’s defense continued its dominance on Saturday as the Golden Gophers defeated Northwestern 31-3.
Ibrahim, who carried the ball 36 times, extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games to 18, the longest in FBS since 2000.
Northwestern (1-8, 1-5 Big Ten) at Minnesota (6-3, 3-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST (Big Ten Network)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Minnesota by 17 1/2.
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Grif Wurtz returned a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown and Owen Kanzler went 89 yards for a kickoff-return score and St.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 128 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and backup quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis brought Minnesota back from a 10-point halftime deficit in the Gophers' 20-13 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.
Minnesota (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) at Nebraska (3-5, 2-3), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN2)
Line: Minnesota by 15 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Big Ten's 2023 football schedule caused a big gulp for Gophers fans when it was finally unveiled last week.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson is listed as day-to-day for the game against Minnesota on Saturday because of an arm injury that knocked him out of last week's game.
Interim coach Mickey Joseph said Thompson was held out of practice Tuesday and backups Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers split snaps evenly with the No.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There aren't many accomplishments left at Minnesota for Mohamed Ibrahim.
Helping stop a three-game losing streak was just the indefatigable Ibrahim's latest feat.
Ibrahim rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries to lead the Gophers past Rutgers 31-0 on Saturday for their first win in four weeks.
Rutgers (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) at Minnesota (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten), Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EDT (Big Ten Network)
Line: Minnesota by 14½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 9 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at No. 13 Penn State (6-1, 3-1)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A week after the worst game of his six-year career, a smattering of boos rang out from the 107,000 fans clad all in white when Sean Clifford was announced as Penn State’s starting quarterback.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State players gathered around one big screen to watch their worst mistakes on repeat.
They don’t intend to take anymore beatdowns like the one they took at No. 4 Michigan last week.
Minnesota (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 Penn State (5-1, 2-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Penn State by 4, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 8 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Minnesota (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 Penn State (5-1, 2-1)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chase McGrath made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 6 Tennessee a 52-49 victory over No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.
As soon as the kick knuckle-balled through the uprights, some of the more than 100,000 fans stormed the field to celebrate the Volunteers (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) ending a 15-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1).
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gabriel Abel ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns as St. Thomas (Minn.) won its 35th straight regular-season game at home in beating winless Drake 26-14 on Saturday.
Abel had a 6-yard scoring run and a 1-yarder in the first half, and his 5-yard touchdown capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Chase Brown just keeps impressing Illinois coach Bret Bielema.
“If there’s a better player in college football who has had an effect on his program," Bielema said, “I’d like to know who it is.”
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan was taken to a hospital for evaluation Saturday after leaving the Gophers' game against No. 24 Illinois early in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head.
Minnesota (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at Illinois (5-1, 2-1), Saturday, noon ET (Big Ten Network)
Bret Bielema has become something of a streak-snapper since taking the helm at Illinois last season.
The Illini earned their first win at Penn State since 2010 last year in a nine-overtime thriller.
The Big Ten West is a mess. It's also mesmerizing.
Wisconsin and Nebraska already have fired their head coaches. Minnesota took up the mantle as West favorite, only to be upset at home. Illinois, picked sixth, is one of the hottest teams in the nation after outscoring two nonconference opponents and Wisconsin by a combined 89-13.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Purdue has made a habit of these upsets of Top 25 teams under Jeff Brohm.
Toughing out this win at Minnesota was one of his proudest moments in six years as head coach.
Devin Mockobee rushed for 112 yards and a late touchdown to pad Purdue's lead, and the Boilermakers' defense fueled yet another takedown of a ranked opponent in a 20-10 victory over No.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Hope Adebayo rushed for 132 yards and scored one of St. Thomas of Minnesota's three rushing touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over Marist on Saturday.
St. Thomas (3-1) won its Pioneer League opener, churning out 242 yards on the ground to go with Cade Sexauer's 218 yards passing with two touchdowns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No. 21 Minnesota held star running back Mohamed Ibrahim out of the game on Saturday against Purdue, a week after he appeared to injure an ankle.
Ibrahim, who has 567 rushing yards in four games that was the second-most in the FBS entering the week, was hurt during Minnesota's 34-7 win at Michigan State.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Brown-Stephens was taking off his shoulder pads in Minnesota's boisterous locker room last weekend, eager to join the celebration of a statement win at Michigan State when he noticed a phone being passed around with fellow wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell looped in on FaceTime.
Purdue (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at No. 21 Minnesota (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN2)
Line: Minnesota by 12½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 5 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at Iowa (3-1, 1-0)
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tanner Morgan threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 103 yards and a score to lead Minnesota to a 34-7 rout over struggling Michigan State in the Big Ten opener for both schools.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cade Sexauer threw for three touchdowns, Gabriel Abel had 104 yards on the ground and St. Thomas-Minnesota defeated Lincoln University of California 43-6 on Saturday.
The Tommies got scoring help from their defense and special teams as Luke Herzog recorded a safety and Ty Barron scored on a 30-yard punt return.
Minnesota (3-0) at Michigan State (2-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten network)
Line: Minnesota by 3 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
UCLA (3-0) at Colorado (0-3), Saturday, 2 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: UCLA by 21 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Big Ten's tradition of producing elite running backs is alive and well.
The conference features the nation's top two rushers in Illinois' Chase Brown and Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim, and four others are running for better than 100 yards per game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will enter Big Ten play without leading receiver Chris Autman-Bell, the sixth-year standout who has been scheduled for season-ending surgery on his right leg.
The unbeaten Gophers are used to this type of setback.
It took until Week 3 for a player to rush for 200 yards in game. It happened four times Saturday.
Eastern Michigan’s Samson Evans carried 36 times for 259 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State, picking up 108 yards in the fourth quarter alone.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mo Ibrahim ran for three touchdowns, Tanner Morgan threw for three more and the Minnesota Gophers' defense stifled the Colorado Buffaloes in a 49-7 win on Saturday.
The Gophers’ offense, ranked first in FBS in total yards and seventh in points scored entering the week, racked up 500 yards, including 349 yards in a 35-point first half.
Colorado (0-2) at Minnesota (2-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN2)
Line: Minnesota by 27½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At first, Mohamed Ibrahim believed his injury in last year's opener was just a cramp in his calf muscle, a seemingly minor setback the Minnesota star could brush off like a would-be tackler.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota never let up against another overmatched opponent, from start to finish and top to bottom — all the way down to the furry maroon and gold mascot.
Tanner Morgan passed for 287 yards and a score over 2 1/2 quarters and had one of Minnesota's seven rushing touchdowns in a 62-10 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday.
Western Illinois (0-1) at Minnesota (1-0), Saturday, 12 p.m. EDT (Big Ten Network)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Big Ten territory will soon stretch to the West Coast with UCLA and USC, after the seismic expansion finalized this summer.
On fourth downs, the footprint stretches much wider than that.