Ohio State versus Minnesota: Week 7 Enemy Territory

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Ohio State versus Minnesota: Week 7 Enemy Territory

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Ohio State versus Minnesota: Week 7 Enemy Territory


The Buckeyes avoided a letdown last week by throttling Indiana. This week, the face a better-than-it-looks-on-paper Minnesota squad. Here is everything you need to know about the Golden Gophers.


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Indiana Record

(3-2); Last Week: Lost to Iowa 48-31

All-Time Vitals

Record: 691-518-44 .569, No. 47 All-Time
National Championships: Seven (1904, 1934-36, 1940, 1941, 1960)
Conference Championships: 18, No. 22 All-Time
Bowl Games:  19, No. 58 All-Time
Bowl Record: 7-12, No. 82 All-Time
Consensus All-Americans: 33, No. 17 All-Time
Heisman Winners: One (Bruce Smith in 1941)
NFL Draft Picks: 265, No. 26 All-Time

Best All-Time Season

1904 – Defense wins championships, which is why I put the 1904 team at the top of the list. During that national championship season, Minnesota allowed only 12 points in 14 games. While that number speaks for itself, it’s worth noting that the Gophers allowed all of those points in one game — a 16-12 decision over Nebraska.

In other words: Minnesota shut out 12 of its 13 opponents. It’s hard to a imagine a more successful season that that.

Best Player Of All-Time

Laurence Maroney , RB, 2005 –  Although both players listed above deserve consideration, Maroney gets the nod because he had the best individual season. He was one of the most explosive backs in Gopher history, rushing for an average of 6.0 yards per carry. Although he averaged slightly less than that during his final season at Minnesota, he did run for 1,464 yards that year. That number includes a 258-yard effort against Wisconsin.

After he posting those stellar numbers, the New England Patriots selected Maroney in the first round of the NFL draft. He played five seasons at the professional level, rushing for 2,504 yards and 21 TDs.

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