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2012 College Football Schedule: Minnesota looks ahead to Northwestern

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a bye week to prepare for Northwestern on October 13.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will have another week to figure out exactly what when wrong in their 31-13 road loss to Iowa last week as they attempt to prepare for 24th-ranked Northwestern on October 13.

Minnesota gave up 177 yards on 21 carries to Iowa running back Mark Weisman last week and will play a Northwestern team that ranks ninth nationally in rushing by averaging 255.8 yards a game.

Northwestern has opened the season with five straight victories and will travel to Penn State this week to play the 3-2 Nittany Lions.

The two top ranked teams in the Big Ten will square off in Columbus, Ohio when No. 21 Nebraska visits No. 12 Ohio State. Both the Cornhuskers and Buckeyes are coming off impressive conference victories last week over Wisconsin and Michigan State respectively.

The complete Big 10 schedule is as follows:

Michigan State vs Indiana (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/BTN)
Northwestern vs Penn State (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Illinois vs Wisconsin (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2)
Michigan vs Purdue (4:00 p.m. ET, BTN)
Nebraska vs Ohio State (8:00 p.m. ET, ABC)

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