USA Today: Minnesota Golden Gophers could rise in Big Ten football power rankings


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Nov 11, 2008
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Coming in at No. 9, another pretty consistent program with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They come into the 2024 season as a real wildcard.

Head coach PJ Fleck has done a lot of good things at Minnesota, raising the floor of a program that was very up and down before he came. On offense, you can expect the Golden Gophers to run the football at a high clip. Sophomore running back Darius Taylor put together a tremendous first season and has a really good offensive line in front of him, led by star left tackle Aireontae Ersery.

Minnesota will be breaking in a new quarterback this season with New Hampshire transfer Max Brosmer. He comes to the team after putting together a tremendous 2023 season, throwing for 3,464 yards and scoring 34 total touchdowns. He will be the key to trying to be a balanced offense.

On defense, you should expect the Golden Gophers to put a good product on the field. The team is tasked with replacing Joe Rossi at defensive coordinator after he left for Michigan State this offseason. Former Rutgers linebacker coach Corey Heatherman comes with a good reputation and has a nice core to work with, including talented pass rushers Danny Striggow and Jah Joyner.

Go Gophers!!

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