In the 93rd all-time meeting between the two programs, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will welcome the Michigan Wolverines to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday with the coveted Little Brown Jug up for grabs.
Aside from a 2005 thriller in Ann Arbor, when Minnesota pulled off a narrow 23-20 victory, the Gophers have struggled to remain competitive with the mighty Wolverines on the gridiron in recent years. Along with its significant 67-22-3 overall lead in the series, Michigan has finished ahead on the scoreboard in 20 of the last 21 meetings between the two schools.
Led by freshman Philip Nelson, the Gophers pulled off an impressive 44-28 victory over a tough Purdue team in Week 9. The 6'2 Nelson, who was playing in just his second-career game, completed 15 of 22 passes for 246 yards and three passing touchdowns. With former quarterback MarQueis Gray now shifted to wide receiver for the time being, the keys to the offense will be in Nelson's hands against the Wolverines.
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Game time: 11 a.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network
Spread: Minnesota +12