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Minnesota Football: Gophers Ranked 25th In Latest Coaches Poll

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For the first time since a Homecoming loss to Northwestern on November 1, 2008,  the Minnesota Golden Gophers football squad is ranked in the top 25 of at least one of the two major polls, finishing 25th in the latest Coaches Poll released today. In the AP Poll, the Gophers fell just outside the top 25 finishing with the 27th most votes with 60. The 25th ranked AP team was 6-3 Georgia with 78 votes, Ole Miss was just ahead of The U with 68 votes while the next closest to the Gophers were Nebraska with just 16.

The Gophers (8-2 overall, 4-2 B1G) beat Penn State yesterday 24-10 for their fourth straight conference victory, the first time they've accomplished that feat since 1973. Minnesota has a bye this week and their next opponent is Wisconsin (7-2 overall, 4-1 B1G) November 23rd at TCF Bank Stadium. The Badgers, ranked 20th in the Coaches Poll and 17th in the AP this week, host Indiana this Saturday.

Minnesota has lost nine straight to Wisconsin with their last victory against Bucky coming in 2003 when The U scored a 37-34 victory at the Metrodome.

The Gophers last won five straight Big Ten conference games in the same season in 1962.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
9-0 1546 58 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
9-0 1485 4 3 1 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
9-0 1401 0 4 1 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
8-0 1376 0 5 1 4/NR
5 Stanford
Cardinal
8-1 1307 0 6 1 4/13
6 Clemson
Tigers
8-1 1164 0 7 1 4/10
7 Oregon
Ducks
8-1 1162 0 2 5 2/7
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1083 0 9 1 7/NR
9 Auburn
Tigers
9-1 1069 0 10 1 9/NR
10 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
8-1 965 0 11 1 10/20
11 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 898 0 13 2 6/15
12 South Carolina
Gamecocks
7-2 830 0 15 3 6/20
13 Louisville
Cardinals
8-1 653 0 16 3 6/17
14 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 646 0 17 3 14/NR
15 UCLA
Bruins
7-2 641 0 18 3 10/21
16 Michigan State
Spartans
8-1 620 0 19 3 16/NR
17 Oklahoma
Sooners
7-2 510 0 8 9 8/18
18 LSU
Tigers
7-3 476 0 12 6 6/18
19 Central Florida
Knights
7-1 468 0 21 2 19/NR
20 Wisconsin
Badgers
7-2 460 0 22 2 18/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
9-0 445 0 20 1 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
7-2 262 0 24 2 22/NR
23 Miami
Hurricanes
7-2 228 0 14 9 6/NR
24 Texas
Longhorns
7-2 176 0 NR 15/NR
25 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 91 0 NR 25/NR

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