Although in the distant past, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have much to be proud of in their history. Minnesota has seven national titles, as many as Ohio State and one more than Michigan State, but none since 1960. Minnesota also has a beautiful new stadium to build their next football dynasty in, but it hasn’t all gone to plan just yet. TCF Bank Stadium has hosted teams that combined for 12 wins between 2009, the stadium’s first year, and 2011. However, the 2012 team won six games and made it to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Perhaps hope is on the horizon for these Golden Gophers, who have a rotation of quarterbacks but the highly-underrated Donnell Kirkwood at running back. Kirkwood rushed for 926 yards in 2012. There are no star wide receivers, but plenty of candidates for a breakout, namely senior A.J. Barker who led the team with 577 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. While the 2012 Golden Gophers didn’t really win any surprising games and tended to fall behind and out of games against difficult teams, the level of play was still improved from what fans had become accustomed to. Coach Jerry Kill hopes the continuity in his system can help his players take the next step.
Minnesota is a largely untapped college football market that this university is ready to take advantage of. The Vikings will be moving into TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015 while their new stadium is under construction, but there’s no denying the stadium belongs to the University of Minnesota. 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 hasn’t played at the level some of its Big Ten rivals have for many years. But with a decent recruiting class, offensive playmakers, and 2012’s 45th best defense in the nation, the Golden Gophers could be poised for a breakout in 2013. Which means now is the time to get your tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!