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Inside Slant: Minnesota vs. Northwestern

Inside Slant: Minnesota vs. Northwestern

One of coach Jerry Kill's goals when he took over the program was to have the Gophers play meaningful games. Kill and Minnesota's fans will get their wish Saturday when Northwestern visits TCF Bank Stadium for a crucial Big Ten contest.

After winning their first four games for the first time since 2008, the Gophers were full of confidence when they traveled to Iowa. That confidence took an immediate hit when Minnesota was dominated in the first half and trailed 24-0 on its way to a 31-13 loss. The Gophers were outplayed in all phases of the game by a team that was coming off a loss to Central Michigan from the Mid-American...

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