MINNEAPOLIS — The official conclusion of the college football season brings another milestone for the surging University of Minnesota Gophers program.
A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country voted the Gophers No. 10 in the final AP Poll of the season, the first time the program has ended a season in the top ten since 1962, when the Gophers were also ranked 10th.
The Gophers, who went 11-2 this season, made 10 appearances in the AP Poll this year, which is tied for the most in school history (Minnesota also made 10 appearances in 2003 and 1960).
Minnesota is a program with buzz, having won 11 games in a season for the first time since 1904, and seven Big Ten games for the first time ever. The Gophers beat two AP Top 10 opponents (No. 5 Penn State and No. 9 Auburn) for the first time since 1956, and their No. 7 ranking on Nov. 10 was the highest for the school since it was ranked No. 5 on Nov. 19, 1962.
Interestingly, the Wisconsin Badgers, who beat Minnesota for a trip to the Rose Bowl, were ranked 11th in the AP Poll.
The Gophers, who are 15-4 in their last 19 games, open the 2020 season on Sept. 3 against Florida Atlantic. Tickets for the 2020 season are on sale now.