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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) smiles after Clemson defeated Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Trevor vs Justin; Bama vs LSU and other top stories in 2020

Jan. 14, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Six story lines that will define 2020: TREVOR VS. JUSTIN The first meeting between Georgia natives Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Justin Fields of Ohio State produced a classic College Football Playoff semifinal. Both are entering their junior years, which most likely will be their final college seasons. If they...

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, right, hugs wide receiver Tyler Johnson after Minnesota defeated Auburn during the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Minnesota hires Mike Sanford Jr. as co-offensive coordinator

Jan. 3, 2020 3:45 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck hired Mike Sanford Jr. and promoted Matt Simon to fill his offensive coordinator vacancy Friday. Sanford, who will also serve as quarterbacks coach, held the dual role at Utah State in 2019. He was the head coach for Western Kentucky for two seasons prior to...

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) runs past Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Johnson lifts No. 16 Minnesota over No. 9 Auburn in Outback

Jan. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock winding down on a dominating performance in the Outback Bowl, Minnesota fans broke into a chant of “Row The Boat, Row The Boat, Row The Boat." The never-give-up mantra coach P.J. Fleck used to help change the culture of Golden Gophers football continues to inspire a...

Minnesota, Auburn meet for 1st time in Outback Bowl

Dec. 31, 2019 4:32 PM EST

Outback Bowl: No. 16 Minnesota (10-2, 7-2 Big 10) vs. No. 9 Auburn (9-3, 5-3 SEC), Wednesday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN). Line: Auburn by 7. Series Record: First meeting. WHAT’S AT STAKE The last time Minnesota finished the season in the AP Top 25 was 2003, when it beat Oregon in the Sun Bowl and wound up No. 20 in...

Penn State football coach James Franklin voices his frustration with critics during an NCAA college football press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions lost to Minnesota 31-26 last Saturday. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)

Penn State hires OC Kirk Ciarrocca away from Minnesota

Dec. 26, 2019 9:20 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Penn State has hired Kirk Ciarrocca as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, after he held the same role for Big Ten foe Minnesota for the past three seasons. Ciarrocca replaces Ricky Rahne, who was named head coach at OId Dominion earlier this month. Penn State head coach...

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) holds Paul Bunyan's Axe in celebration after Wisconsin beat Minnesota 38-17 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Badgers get Axe back, blame Minnesota for too many displays

Nov. 30, 2019 9:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota beat Wisconsin last year to stop a 14-game losing streak in the series, the Gophers had much to celebrate. The Badgers, as it turned out, didn’t appreciate the lengths of the revelry that took place across the border over the past year. After Wisconsin took back...

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) hands Paul Bunyan's Axe to teammate linebacker Zack Baun (56) after Wisconsin beat Minnesota 38-17 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Badgers take back Axe in snowy 38-17 win vs. Gophers

Nov. 30, 2019 8:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As soon as Wisconsin’s victory over Minnesota went final, the swarm of white-uniformed Badgers raced toward Paul Bunyan’s Axe for a gleeful reunion with the traveling trophy they lost last year. They ceremonially chopped at the goal post, while others turned somersaults and...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Minnesota players celebrate with the Paul Bunyan Axe trophy after beating Wisconsin 37-15 in an NCAA college football game, in Madison, Wis. There's far more at stake in the final game of the season for Minnesota than just a traveling trophy, for once, as the ninth-ranked Gophers host 13th-ranked Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe and a first-ever spot in the Big Ten championship game. The Badgers have been there five times before. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

As Gophers aim for title game, Badgers seek to take back Axe

Nov. 29, 2019 10:22 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The empty display case in the locker room at Wisconsin has created a daily source of purpose this year for the players passing by — the unwelcome memory of watching Minnesota hoist Paul Bunyan’s Axe on their home field. “It’s always an image that’s in...

Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) throws a pass against Northwestern linebacker Chris Bergin (27) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Morgan’s 4 TD passes lead No. 11 Gophers past Wildcats 38-22

Nov. 23, 2019 7:25 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Minnesota was eager to get back on the field — and it showed. Tanner Morgan led No. 11 Minnesota to scores on its first three possessions and finished with four touchdown passes, and the Gophers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 38-22 win over Northwestern...