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6-6, 5th in Big Ten - West
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10dAdam Rittenberg

Picking winners for every bowl game matchup

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 7, the Celebration Bowl through the CFP National Championship, Adam Rittenberg picks his winners for bowl season.


Gophers take back Axe, beat Wisconsin 37-15

Demetrius Douglas returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, Minnesota's defense held up on the road and the Golden Gophers ran away from Wisconsin for a 37-15 win on Saturday to snap a 14-game losing streak in the rivalry and reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe.

Minnesota players go wild securing Paul Bunyan's Axe (1:01)
Gophers score one play after strip sack (1:00)
Hornibrook throws costly pick near midfield (1:04)
Badgers fans blessed as Wisconsin finds end zone (0:26)
WIS VS MINN (0:34)
Ibrahim finds corner on 4th-down TD run (0:16)
Minnesota intercepts Hornibrook deep in own territory (0:24)

Northwestern stays in stride with 24-14 win at Minnesota

Isaiah Bowser rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 24 Northwestern turned three turnovers by Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan into 10 points on the way to a 24-14 victory on Saturday that stretched its program-record road winning streak...

Minnesota cuts into deficit with TD pass (0:36)
Bowser finds end zone for second time (0:28)
Wildcats' QB keeps it himself for score (0:35)
MINN VS NW (0:37)
Northwestern strikes first (0:23)

Minnesota defense shows in 41-10 win against Purdue

Minnesota's maligned defense held Purdue to season-lows in yards and points, and Seth Green had a touchdown rushing and passing for the Gophers in a 41-10 win against the Boilermakers in the cold and snow on Saturday.

Minnesota's Johnson makes leaping TD (0:20)
Minnesota RB bounces off defender for 11-yard TD (0:44)
Minnesota LB scoops up fumble and scores TD (0:36)
Minnesota TE wide open for short TD (0:17)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota fires defensive coordinator Robb Smith a day after allowing 55 points in a loss at Illinois. Defensive line coach Joe Rossi will serve as coordinator for the rest of the season. The Gophers' defense really struggled during Big Ten play. "These decisions are always difficult, especially when they involve a close friend and colleague," Gophers head coach PJ Fleck said in a prepared statement.

Team Stats

Passing Yards215.2
Rushing Yards163.4
Points For28.5117th
Points Against27.9