Randy Johnson's Gophers-Spartans prediction: Who wins and why?

September 23
The Gophers have enough talent on both sides of the ball to compete against a Michigan State team trying to bounce back from last week's loss at Washington. Does talent equal victory, though?

Lakeville North basketball star Nolan Winter picks Badgers over Gophers

September 23
Winter's father was on the Gophers 1997 Final Four team and his mother played volleyball for the U, but he wanted to follow different path.

Gophers volleyball team loses Big Ten opener at Purdue

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The No. 8 Gophers were swept by the No. 11 Boilermakers 25-18, 25-23, 32-30 in West Lafayette, Ind.
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With Gophers football, try this: Embrace your hopes, not your fears

September 23
To be a Minnesota sports fan often means you are more optimistic when a team is merely decent. But you get pessimistic and scared. RandBall has an idea in regard to this year's Gophers football team.
Colleges
September 23

Recent Minnesota basketball recruits who committed to Wisconsin

The Badgers have routinely plucked talent from across the state border.
Sports
September 23

How good are these teams? Rand on Gophers, Goessling on Vikings

Host Michael Rand wonders if the Gophers being favored over Michigan State is setting up a letdown; Vikings writer Ben Goessling joins the podcast to talk about Sunday's game as a test of the defense — and team culture.
State college sportsNews, live video, more: Keep up with Minnesota's D-II and D-III teams
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Minnesota college sports goes well beyond the Gophers. Here's a guide to the conferences that include the state's Division II and Division III programs.
Sports
September 22

Gophers shut out Indiana in Big Ten home opener

The Hoosiers went into the match unbeaten at 2-0-6 and unscored upon, but Minnesota got three second-half goals.
Gophers
September 22

Big Ten schedule gets serious, featuring Gophers-Spartans, Badgers-Buckeyes

College Football Insider: Four intraconference games offer enough intrigue to keep a viewer busy all day, highlighted by Saturday night's Wisconsin vs. Ohio State battle.
Gophers
September 22

Gophers defense dominant, but needs better pass rush for Big Ten

As Big Ten play begins Saturday at Michigan State, the Gophers hope to see more pass rushing talent emerge from a defense that has been dominant in almost every other area.
Gophers
September 22

Big Ten picks: Will Rutgers do Gophers a favor and beat Iowa?

Randy Johnson sizes up the Scarlet Knights' chances, along with Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, in his weekly predictions. His nonconference picks don't flatter a couple of Big Ten teams.
Colleges
September 22

St. John's heads to Bethel for Saturday MIAC showdown

The Johnnies edged Bethel by one point for the conference championship last season, and both teams enter this one ranked.
Sports
September 22

Meet a fascinating U linebacker + Is Bally's app in trouble before launch?

Get to know one of the key members of the Gophers defense: linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin, an Ivy League recruit with an interesting family history. Plus, the $20 Bally Sports app is set for launch. Will it sell?
Gophers
September 22

After seven years, U receiver from Lakeville finally finds the end zone

From walk-on to bit player to scholarship athlete to a season-sidelining injury, Lakeville's Clay Geary has taken a long road to the spotlight.
Gophers
September 22

Reusse changes his mind: Time to grab an oar and endorse P.J. Fleck

After a lengthy lunch with 89-year-old businessman and Gophers booster Harvey Mackay, columnist Patrick Reusse took a step back and reassessed his skepticism of the head coach and his team.
Sports
September 21

Gophers soccer team to play Indiana in Big Ten home opener

The Gophers are 4-4-1 overall, the Hoosiers are unbeaten at 2-0-6 and have not allowed a goal this season.
Gophers
September 21

Gophers volleyball takes on Purdue in Big Ten opener

Hugh McCutcheon's team puts its No. 8 ranking to the test when the Gophers open league play in West Lafayette, Ind.
Gophers
September 21

Coaches pick Gophers to win Big Ten men's hockey championship

Forward Matthew Knies and defenseman Brock Faber earned preseason first-team all-conference honors from the coaches.
Sports
September 21

How quickly can Vikings pivot? Football or hoops for Stillwater QB?

Chip Scoggins' weekly report: Stillwater QB Max Shikenjanski has a decision to make. Can Kevin O'Connell adjust the team's plans quickly after a beatdown. A big game for two elite small-college teams.
Gophers
September 20

Gophers wrestlers to host four Big Ten teams in three-week stretch

The Gophers will have six home dual meets this season. Their first of four Big Ten home dual meets will be against Michigan State on Jan. 15.
Gophers
September 20

Big Ten power rankings: U, Wisconsin climb; Mich. State drops

Ohio State and Michigan have yet to budge, but several other teams have shifted, including Rutgers and Indiana, which are both off to 3-0 starts.
High Schools
September 20

Totino-Grace star Chatman chooses Ohio State over Gophers, Kansas

Four-star Totino-Grace guard Taison Chatman, the No. 1 basketball senior in Minnesota, announced he will attend Ohio State. "I bonded with the players," he said.
Gophers
September 20

Michigan State football, coming off tough loss, now faces Gophers

Spartans coach Mel Tucker has a "very inconsistent team" so far after an 11-win season last year. Next comes Minnesota, a slight favorite Saturday.
Twins
September 20

Neal: Vavra baseball family keeps growing, hitting

Former Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra now enjoys watching his son, Terrin, a former Gopher, play in the major leagues.
Gophers
September 20

Bring the noise: Gophers turn up volume to prepare for Spartans

"If you would have come to practice today, you'd be sitting here exhausted, ready to drink a few beers, just to settle down,'' coach P.J. Fleck joked.

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