Gophers Vs. New Hampshire Game Stems From Hockey Rivalry

August 30, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Mike Rallis (26), defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (22), and defensive back Derrick Wells (13) celebrate a defensive play against the UNLV Rebels during the second half at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Gophers take on New Hampshire at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. CT.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team is set to take on the New Hampshire Wildcat in what looks like a random game against a Football Championship Subdivision school, but the scheduling choice actually stems from a hockey rivarly between the two schools. University of Minnesota senior associate athletic director Marc Ryan recently told the Star Tribune that the strong relationship with New Hampshire cultivated through hockey is what led to the matchup in football:

"Relationships play a big role in scheduling," said Marc Ryan, the senior associate athletic director who finalized the contract for Saturday's game. "In this case, the relationship stems from hockey. They had a good relationship, and that's what you rely on to get scheduling done."

The Gophers take on New Hampshire at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. CT.

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