Minnesota: Facts, preview, and prediction

Wanting to know more about Nebraska's opponent this weekend? Here is some general information if you are going to the game.

Minnesota Gophers – October 26, 2013

Stadium: TCF Bank Location: Minneapolis, MN (Distance from Lincoln: 434 miles)

Nebraska vs. Minnesota
Total meetings: 53 Series: Minnesota leads 29-22-2

Did you know? Minnesota claims five National championships from 1934 to 1941. During that span under the coaching of Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers went 54-9. Four of those seasons, Minnesota went 8-0.

Last Meeting vs. Nebraska – November 17, 2012
Unlike the Cornhuskers first two Big Ten opponents in 2013, there will be some familiarity with the Gophers. In last season's contest, Nebraska toppled Minnesota, 38-14.

In the contest, Taylor Martinez became the school's all-time passing leader after throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns. The star of the day, though, was Kenny Bell. The wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for a season-high 136 yards and two scores.

The Gophers struggled all game to pick up first downs as Nebraska's defense suffocated them on third down, allowing just one successful third-down attempt in 13 tries.

Nebraska Player to Watch vs. Minnesota – WR Kenny Bell Bell had a field day against the Gophers' secondary, torching them for 136 yards on nine receptions -- both of which were season-highs -- and reached the endzone twice. This time around, Minnesota will certainly be on the lookout for Bell. Unfortunately for the Gophers, though, there doesn't appear to be anyone in their secondary who can cover him now that cornerback Troy Stoudemire graduated. Bell should have no trouble breaking off coverage and getting to his spots at will in their late October matchup.

Tailgating Scene: Space is limited as you have more of a suburban stadium in Minneapolis, but Golden Gopher fans will tell you it just means the atmosphere is better. Fans are cramped together, which puts more energy in each lot. We recommend BRR friend's Blur Parties for your party before the game. You can check out their information in the forums.

Best place to get dinner/night life on Friday night: Fans have two different options for a decent night. They can so go south or west. For the true Minnesota football game experience, head west towards Dinkytown. Not only do they have great bars, restaurants, and night clubs, but you might just be able to stumble into a house party. Many students and non-students reside in and around downtown.

The story behind the Golden Gophers: The state of Minnesota has been known as the "Gopher State" since the 1850's, but it wasn't until the 1930s when Minnesota wore gold jerseys and pants, that radio play-by-play man Halsey Hall called them the Golden Gophers. The name stuck after a couple national championships.

Minnesota's best player of all-time: Bronko Nagurski – yes Bruce Smith won a Heisman back in the early 40's, but Nagurski has an award named after him. He's not only in the College Hall of Fame, but in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Plus, he played both ways. Even close to 80 years later, he's considered one of the great players of all-time by many media services.

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