After losing three of last year's regular starters, head coach Richard Pitino has some big shoes to fill in his seventh season as head coach.
Minnesota defeated Southwest Minnesota State 73-48 on Monday.
Hailing from Montreal, the four-star transfer from Michigan has carved out his role on the Gophers.
Minnesota is now 7-0 for the first time since 1960.
After a rocky start the Gophers' offensive line has been dominant in its last three games, thanks in part to the addition of redshirt sophomore John Michael Schmitz at center.
Not snow, wind or the Cornhuskers' defense could stop the Gophers who claimed a 34-7 victory.
Minnesota and Nebraska prepare to face off as conference competition grows.
The Gophers rode their redshirt senior running backs to a 40-17 victory while averaging 6.4 yards per carry as a team.
The Gophers are 7-1 since Joe Rossi took over as defensive coordinator.