Minnesota's offense falters in 24-14 home loss to Northwestern. The Gophers sit at 5-6 this season, one win from bowl eligibility with Wisconsin as the last regular season game ahead.
Minnesota is an underdog but is trending upward with the tough task ahead against the team that shut out the Gophers 39-0 last season.
It was the worst loss to Northwestern in Gophers history as Minnesota couldn't get out of their own way and were blown out by the Wildcats in Evanston, Illinois last season.
The Gophers shocked the Boilermakers of Purdue last week with a win, and their season storyline could change even more this weekend against Northwestern at home.
The Gophers defense flipped the switch with a dominating performance after a blowout loss last week.
Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck and Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm share similarities in their career paths. Both coaches had stints playing in the NFL, Fleck as a wide receiver and Brohm as a quarterback. Both started their coaching careers working with notable head coaches, Fleck at Ohio State with Jim Tressel and at Rutgers with Greg Schiano, and Brohm at Louisville with Bobby Petrino.
We interviewed Lafayette Journal & Courier's Mike Carmin to gain insight on this week's game against Purdue. Carmin is a football beat reporter for the Journal & Courier.
After a tightly played first half, Illinois outscored Minnesota 21-0 in the third quarter to cement the Gophers' fourth loss in their last five games.
Gophers Defensive Coordinator Robb Smith was fired Sunday night after allowing 646 yards to Illinois.
The Gophers' defense was unable to stop Illinois' offense in a 55-31 loss.