Gophers look to prove themselves in Big Ten
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been here before.
They've steamrolled through cushy nonconference schedules to crack the AP Top 25 and raise some optimism for the season. Then the Big Ten comes along and roughs them up.
This year, they say they're different. Well, they're about to find out.
No. 11 Minnesota (12-1) hosts 19th-ranked Michigan State (11-2) in the Big Ten opener Monday, with a chance to set a new tone. The Gophers have had just two winning records ...
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