2013: 8-5 (4-4 Big Ten); lost Texas Bowl to Syracuse
The Golden Gophers improved yet again in 2013. They made a second straight bowl appearance, narrowly losing to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl, but the bar has definitely been raised. Running back David Cobb and quarterback Mitch Leidner combine for a great ground game; Leidner will also be the top-string quarterback this season which could decide a lot about this season. Minnesota doesn’t feature all that strong of a receiving group and they don’t have the recruiting power to change that in a hurry but they feature a decent offense overall. Defensively, they were the 25th-best scoring defense in the FBS. The coaching regime of Jerry Kill has finally taken a firm standing over this team and he appears to be the right man to lead them into more success. This fall Minnesota’s toughest matchups will be at Michigan and Wisconsin and at home against Ohio State. Coach Kill looks to elevate this team to even higher level bowls.
Minnesota is a largely untapped college football market that this university is ready to take advantage of. The Vikings are moving in alongside the Golden Gophers for the next two years but it’s a solid college stadium that is more than ready to support a winner. Minnesota will continue their traditions of the Governor’s Victory Bell with Penn State, the Floyd of Rosedale with Iowa, the Little Brown Jug with Michigan, and Paul Bunyan’s Axe with Wisconsin. But with just one 10-win season since 1905, Minnesota has especially enjoyed their success over the last 15 years, like 11 bowl appearances and a national ranking for much of the early and mid 2000s. Before 1999 they had just five prior bowl appearances, but they do have a stunning seven national championships. Get your Golden Gophers tickets today while the team continues its recent success!