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University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

Team History

Among the oldest programs in college football, The Minnesota Golden Gopher football history dates back to 1882. Another of the charter members of The Western Conference (which would later become The Big Ten) the Gophers first of seven national titles would come in 1902. Today they boast 18 conference championships, which places them third to only Michigan and Ohio State.

TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and is the third on-campus stadium in Gopher history. Minnesota played in Northrop Field from 1899 to 1923 and then Memorial Stadium from 1924 to 1981. During their lengthy history the Gophers have had one Heisman Trophy winner (Bruce Smith, 1941) and 33 Consensus All-Americans.

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Big Ten Facts

  • Seasons as a member: 119
  • Big Ten Championships: 18
  • Championship Frequency: 1 every 6.6 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 2
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 1
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 5
  • Coach of the Year Recipients: Glen Mason, Jerry Kill
Golden Gophers Team History

icon-minnesotaAmong the oldest programs in college football, The Minnesota Golden Gopher football history dates back to 1882. Another of the charter members of The Western Conference (which would later become The Big Ten) the Gophers first of seven national titles would come in 1902. Today they boast 18 conference championships, which places them third to only Michigan and Ohio State.

TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and is the third on-campus stadium in Gopher history. Minnesota played in Northrop Field from 1899 to 1923 and then Memorial Stadium from 1924 to 1981. During their lengthy history the Gophers have had one Heisman Trophy winner (Bruce Smith, 1941) and 33 Consensus All-Americans.

Big Ten Facts
  • Seasons as a member: 119
  • Big Ten Championships: 18
  • Championship Frequency: 1 every 6.6 years
  • Rose Bowl Appearances: 2
  • Rose Bowl Wins: 1
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football Winners: 5
  • Coach of the Year Recipients: Glen Mason, Jerry Kill