Unbeaten Minnesota Faces First True Test Against Penn State

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 8-0, the program’s best start since its national championship season in 1941. However, SI college football writer Laken Litman notes the Gophers have just one conference victory against a team with a winning record, a major reason why the College Football Playoff committee ranked them 17th. But a matchup with No. 4 Penn State on Saturday followed by games against Iowa and Wisconsin present a massive opportunity for Minnesota to climb into serious playoff contention.