The Minnesota Golden Gophers’ 2018 spring game will take place on April 12 at TCF Bank Stadium. You can find Minnesota’s 2018 spring game time, TV channel and watch online information below.
In 2017, the Golden Gophers went 5-7 overall. The team started with three non-conference victories last season before going 2-7 in Big Ten play. This upcoming season will be P.J. Fleck’s second with the program.
Minnesota spring game 2018: Date
Minnesota’s 2018 spring game will take place on April 12.
Minnesota spring game 2018: Time
Minnesota’s 2018 spring game will begin at 6 p.m. ET.
Minnesota spring game 2018: TV channel
You can watch the Minnesota’s White-Gold spring game on delay on Big Ten Network at 8 p.m.
Minnesota spring game 2018: Watch online
You can watch the Minnesota White-Gold spring game live online at BTN2Go.
Minnesota spring game 2018:
The White-Gold spring game will mark the first chance for some to see the Golden Gophers’ football team in 2018. The game itself takes place nearly four-and-a-half months prior to the team’s first regular season game (Aug. 30).
P.J. Fleck is entering his second season as Minnesota’s coach after going 5-7 in his first go around. Conor Rhoda led the team in passing last season, but was a senior. Demry Croft — now a junior — was the team’s second leading passer.
Rodney Smith, who is entering his junior season, returns as the Golden Gophers’ leading rusher. Smith ran for 977 yards in 2017.
At wide receiver, Tyler Johnson returns as the leader as he caught 35 passes for 677 yards and 7 TD. The next best receiver in terms of yardage in 2017 was Philip Howard at 132.
Thomas Barber was the team’s leading tackler at 115 tackles. He is returning for his junior season.
Minnesota started its 2017 season with three non-conference wins over Buffalo, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee. The Golden Gophers then lost their next three games to Big Ten foes before beating Illinois.
In 2018, how will Minnesota’s offense look? With Croft, Smith and Johnson returning, newer names won’t necessarily have to lead the team in any particular category, but after a 5-7 season, improvement from the returnees is needed.
The Golden Gophers’ 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 37 nationally and No. 7 in the Big Ten according to 247Sports. Minnesota had three 4-star recruits sign in Curtis Dunlap, Daniel Faalele and Rashod Bateman.
Dunlap is an offensive guard and Faalele is a projected offensive tackle. Bateman is a wide receiver. If Dunlap and Faalele were to make an impact in 2018, both the passing game and running game could see progress rather quickly.
When a QB has more time to throw the ball due to better protection, that should lead to better results. And, of course, if a RB has better holes to run through, that means easier yardage.