Skip to main content

Gopher football ranked in preseason coaches top-25 poll

There are five Big Ten teams ranked higher than Minnesota.
Tanner Morgan

One day after the Big Ten announced the conference-only 2020 football schedule, the Minnesota Gophers find themselves ranked 18th in the nation in the preseason Coaches Poll from USA Today.

Somewhat surprisingly, there are five Big Ten teams ranked ahead of Minnesota in the top-25 poll: Ohio State (2), Penn State (7), Wisconsin (12) and Michigan (14). Iowa, at No. 23, is the only other Big Ten team in the poll. 

Minnesota will have an opportunity to prove the poll wrong almost immediately as they are scheduled to open the season Sept. 5 at Michigan State before playing three consecutive ranked Big Ten opponents: 

  • Sept. 12: vs. Michigan
  • Sept. 19: vs. Iowa
  • Sept. 26: at Wisconsin

In fact, those are the only ranked teams the Gophers have on their entire schedule, which is void of non-conference opponents this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Gophers will also be facing obstacles on both sides of the ball, namely at wide receiver with Tyler Johnson going to the NFL (drafted by Tampa Bay) and All-Big Ten star Rashod Bateman deciding this week that he's opted out of the upcoming season and instead signed with an agent to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Next Up

snow, blowing snow

A monster storm is coming next week: What will happen?

What we know with high confidence at this point is that there will be a monster storm in the central U.S. by the early and middle part of next week.

police lights

Boy safe after kidnapping by non-custodial parent in Mankato

The search prompted the temporary shutdown of I-35 Tuesday night.

Mugshots

11 face charges after being found 'exploring' Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.

image

Man killed by St. Paul police ID'd by family, community demands answers

The man was identified as 24-year-old Howard Johnson.

Screen Shot 2022-12-07 at 7.38.02 AM

Quick shot of snow to impact morning commute in Twin Cities

Snow is moving into the metro Wednesday morning.

ambulance

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island identified as local farmer

The deceased is a 59-year-old man from rural Bird Island.

Screen Shot 2022-12-06 at 2.47.44 PM

Minneapolis' Khâluna named in Eater's 2022 'Best New Restaurants'

The restaurant, opened in 2021, is known for its Laotian cuisine.

ambulance, crash

3 pedestrians struck by drivers Monday in Minnesota; 2 dead

The victims involved a 39-year-old man and two 74-year-old men.

snow, plow

Shifting storm tracks: Significant storms Friday, next week?

Sven Sundgaard has the details on an interesting forecast.

Related

Gophers have 4 opponents ranked in preseason Coaches Poll

Minnesota does not face the two Big Ten teams in the top 10 of the poll.

Gophers basketball, Brandon Johnson

Upset over Iowa vaults Gophers into AP Top 25 poll

There are nine teams from the Big Ten in the top 25.

Liam Robbins

Gophers rise in Associated Press Top 25 poll

The Gophers are one of seven Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25 poll.

Rodney Smith, Gophers

Undefeated Gophers still not ranked in the AP Top-25 poll

Not a lot of respect for a team going in the right direction.

Lindsay Whalen's Gophers ranked 17th in ESPN preseason poll

It's a loftier ranking than preseason polls released by media and coaches in the Big Ten.

TCF Bank Stadium

Gophers' 2020 recruiting class enters college football's top 25

The Gophers have 16 commitments so far in the Class of 2020.