Minnesota Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Golden Gophers

    The 2016 Minnesota Gopher football schedule is manageable enough to crank up a big record, but the finishing kick could be too nasty to be a true player in the West.

    February 9, 2016


    The 2016 Minnesota Gopher football schedule is manageable enough to crank up a big record, but the finishing kick could be too nasty to be a true player in the West.


    2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Schedule

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    2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Sept. 1 Oregon State
    Sept. 10 Indiana State
    Sept. 17 OPEN DATE
    Sept. 24 Colorado State
    Oct. 1 at Penn State
    Oct. 8 Iowa
    Oct. 15 at Maryland
    Oct. 22 Rutgers
    Oct. 29 at Illinois
    Nov. 5 Purdue
    Nov. 12 at Nebraska
    Nov. 19 Northwestern
    Nov. 26 at Wisconsin

    Non-Conference Games Oregon State, Indiana State, Colorado State

    Games vs. the East at Penn State, at Maryland, Rutgers

    5 Keys to the Schedule

    – There’s no TCU-like superpower to start the season like last year with a more manageable non-conference slate. Oregon State, Indiana State, and Colorado State – who almost tagged the Gophers last season – have to come to TCF Bank.

    – It’s going to be hard to find a groove in Big Ten play. After not leaving Minneapolis in September, the Gophers alternate road and home games the rest of the way – there aren’t two home games in a row.

    – Missing Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan from the East is a huge break. Going to Penn State is hard, but facing Maryland and Rutgers is nice.

    – Iowa and Northwestern are at home, but the showdowns against Nebraska and Wisconsin are on the road late in the season. Having to go away for those two games in late November is an issue.

    – WATCH OUT FOR … the road trip to Illinois. It comes during a relatively easy stretch in the middle of the season after a trip to Maryland, a home game against Rutgers, and with a home game against Purdue next. There’s a chance to go on a big run as long as there isn’t a misfire in Champaign.

    2017 Non-Conference Games Buffalo, at Oregon State, Middle Tennessee

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