Jan. 14--The Gophers are a top 10 college football program. The Associated Press poll put Minnesota in the 10th spot in their final 25-team ranking for the 2019 season.

The national panel of pollsters showed Monday night they're impressed with Minnesota's 11-2 season, which was capped with a 31-24 win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

Minnesota won 11 games for the first time since before the forward pass was invented in 1906, and their win total is the most since a few high school teams were on the U's schedule in 1904.

The AP poll has moved the Gophers up from 16th, where they had fallen after a 38-17 loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 30 and the conference championships games were played in early December.

In the final poll, Minnesota is ahead of Wisconsin (11th) and Iowa (15th), which beat the U 23-19 in Iowa City on Nov. 16. The U beat Penn State at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 9, and the Nittany Lions are ninth.

Auburn (9-4) fell to 14th.

Minnesota has nine returning starters on offense and four on defense, and this season-ending standing is expected to carry forward to the 2020 season.


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