Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota Golden Gophers

About Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have competed in intercollegiate football since 1882 and are one of the oldest programs in college football. The team represent the University of Minnesota and have enjoyed significant success over the years, establishing themselves as one of the most successful teams in the sport. Their main rivals are the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan Wolverines.

In total, Minnesota have claimed seven National Championships, with those wins coming in 1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941 and 1960. Their victories in the 1930s and 1940s came during Bernie Bierman's spell as the team's head coach. Five of their seven claimed National Championships came during unbeaten seasons.

Since joining the Western Conference in 1896, the team have remained in the conference, which is today known as the Big Ten, on a consistent basis. In addition to their National Titles, the Golden Gophers have amassed 18 Conference Championships, with their most recent win coming in the 1967 season. Altogether, Minnesota have appeared in fifteen post-season bowl games and currently hold a 5-10 record. Their last win was in the 2004 Music City Bowl, where they beat Alabama 20-16.

A number of players that came through the program have subsequently been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, with examples including Bert Baston, Bobby Bell, Tom Brown and Sandy Stephens. Meanwhile, other alumni have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Carl Eller, Bronko Nagurski, Leo Nomellini and Charlie Sanders. The team has produced one Heisman Trophy winner; Bruce Smith in 1941.

Minnesota play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium, which is also kn...