The 1941 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1941 college football season. In their tenth year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled an undefeated 8-0 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 186 to 38. The team finished first in the Associated Press poll, giving the Gophers their second consecutive and fifth overall national title.
Tackle Dick Wildung was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, INS, Time Life, AP and UPI. Wildung, Smith, Halfback Bill Daley, End Bob Fitch and Guard Len Levy were named All-Big Ten.
Back Bob Sweiger was awarded the Team MVP Award.
Total attendance for the season was 239,227, which averaged to 47,845. The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.
On October 25, 1941, Minnesota, ranked #1 in the AP Poll, played Michigan, ranked #3 in the country. Minnesota won the game by a 7 to 0 score on a five-yard touchdown run by halfback Herman Frickey in the second quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 78-yard punt and a 43-yard pass, both by 1941 Heisman Trophy winner Bruce Smith. Minnesota gained 179 rushing yards in the game, while Michigan tallied 135 rushing yards. In the fourth quarter, Michigan twice drove deep into Minnesota territory, but both drives ended with pass interceptions by Minnesota's quarterback Bill Garnaas. The loss was the eighth in a row for the Wolverines against the Golden Gophers. The crowd of 85,753 at Michigan Stadium was the largest to that date to see a football game between two Big Nine Conference teams.