The Michigan Wolverines look to continue their quick rebuild under head coach Jim Harbaugh when they visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday. Michigan has enjoyed visiting the Land of 1,000 Lakes, with the Wolverines going 5-0 ATS in their past five games at Minnesota.
A bye week is exactly what Michigan needed after their late game blunder caused the Wolverines to lose to rival Michigan State. Michigan has sported one of the stingiest defenses in the country and have held their opponents to seven points or less in five of their seven games this season.
Minnesota has benefitted from some easy games early in their schedule, with three of their four wins coming against teams with sub-.500 records so far on the season. The Gophers do a lot of things okay, but nothing really spectacular and with dates against Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa remaining, a bowl game seems unlikely without a turnaround.
Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill retired on Wednesday morning due to health reasons. Kill, who has been coaching Minnesota since 2011, has been dealing with epilepsy and has suffered multiple seizures on the sidelines. Minnesoat has named defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys as the interim head coach.