Northwestern locked up the Big Ten West title last week with a win at Iowa and some help from these very Gophers.
The game carries little in terms of meaningful implications for Northwestern, but this is NU’s first game as a ranked team this year, and Minnesota, which needs just one win to become bowl eligible, has been a tough team at home. Plus, momentum is important headed into the Big Ten Championship in a couple weeks.
Here’s what you need to know:
-Here’s Northwestern cracking the top 25
-Here are three things to know about Minnesota, and three matchups to watch
-Here’s a look at what might be Pat Fitzgerald’s best coaching job yet at Northwestern
-Here’s what Pat Fitzgerald and several players had to say about the game earlier this week
-Here’s an in-depth look at Isaiah Boswer, Northwestern’s plug-and-play bellcow running back
-Here’s an announcement from the Athletic Department about the number of students making the trip to the Big Ten Championship
-Here’s a podcast recapping the game vs Iowa and looking ahead
-Here’s a film study of Clayton Thorson’s performance against Iowa, when he was often shaky but came up big when needed
-Here’s a behind-enemy-lines preview to learn more about the Gophers
-Here’s the injury report for the week
Game Time: 11 a.m. CT
Radio: WGN Radio AM-720 or WNUR FM 89.3
Betting Line: Minnesota -2, over/under 48.5