2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
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Conference Big Ten Conference
West Division
2014 record 4–1 (1–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Jerry Kill (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover (4th year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys (4th year)
Home stadium TCF Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 52,525)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Maryland   1 0         4 1  
Penn State   1 1         4 1  
#10 Michigan State   0 0         3 1  
#20 Ohio State   0 0         3 1  
Rutgers   0 1         4 1  
Indiana   0 1         2 2  
Michigan   0 1         2 3  
West
#19 Nebraska   1 0         5 0  
Iowa   1 0         4 1  
Minnesota   1 0         4 1  
Northwestern   1 0         2 2  
#17 Wisconsin   0 0         3 1  
Illinois   0 1         3 2  
Purdue   0 1         2 3  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 13:58, 27 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represents the University of Minnesota in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They are led by fourth year head coach Jerry Kill and play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium. They are a member of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Before the Season[edit]

Heading into their 4th off-season, Jerry Kill's coaching staff at Minnesota suffered their first departure as linebackers and assistant head coach Bill Miller accepted the linebackers coach position at Florida State.[1] After a brief coaching search, the Gophers named Mike Sherels the new linebackers coach. Sherels had an extensive history with the University of Minnesota, playing middle linebacker for the team from 2003-2007 and then serving as a special assistant and then defensive graduate assistant under Jerry Kill from 2011-2013.[2]

The Gophers also saw quarterback Philip Nelson leave the team, announcing his transfer to Rutgers University shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 season.[3] During the off season, Nelson was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly kicking Isaac Kolstad in the head during a late-night scuffle in downtown Mankato, Minnesota. These actions led to Nelson's dismissal from the Scarlet Knights football program on May 14, 2014.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Melvin Holland
WR
Ashburn, VA Briar Woods HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg)  
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jeff Jones[5]
RB
Minneapolis, MN Washburn HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) -
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Connor Mayes[6]
OL
Van Alstyne, TX Van Alstyne HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 335 lb (152 kg) -
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 6:00 PM #16 (FCSEastern Illinois* TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 42–20   44,344
September 6 2:30 PM Middle Tennessee* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 35–24   47,223
September 13 3:00 PM at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX FS1 L 7–30   43,958
September 20 3:00 PM San Jose State* TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN W 24–7   47,739
September 27 2:30 PM at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Battle for the Little Brown Jug) ABC/ESPN2 W 30–14   102,926
October 11 11:00 AM Northwestern TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN      
October 18 11:00 AM Purduedagger TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN      
October 25 11:00 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL      
November 8 TBA Iowa TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale)      
November 15 TBA Ohio State TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN      
November 22 TBA at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE      
November 29 TBA at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe)      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit]

Eastern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 21 21
Golden Gophers 7 7 7 21 42


Middle Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0
Golden Gophers 0


TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0
Horned Frogs 0


San Jose State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0
Golden Gophers 0


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0
Wolverines 0


Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0
Golden Gophers 0


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0
Golden Gophers 0


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0
Fighting Illini 0


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0
Golden Gophers 0


Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 0
Golden Gophers 0


Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0
Cornhuskers 0


Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0
Badgers 0


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches' RV RV RV NR NR RV  
CFP Not released Not released


References[edit]