Minnesota Gophers 2020 football schedule announced

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              FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Fleck believes keeping an open line of communication is the key to allowing him to redshirt a player without resistance, and avoid having an athlete make the decision himself. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
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We know who the Minnesota Gophers will be playing in their 2020 football schedule. For real, this time.

Three days after announcing it would resume play, the Big Ten revealed its eight-game plus one 2020 schedule.

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Minnesota will open at home against Michigan on Oct. 24 and close at Nebraska on Dec. 12. Besides the six divisional opponents, Gophers also play two East teams — the Wolverines and at Maryland (Oct. 31).

According to Minnesota’s schedule release, “Special date games, including Fridays, will be determined and announced at a later date.”

This is the third iteration of the Big Ten schedule. The league issued a shortened season schedule with no non-conference games in August only to pause the season days later.

Several other conferences already began play although there have been a number of games which have had to be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues. The Big Ten has no room for makeup games as teams will play eight straight weeks before heading into its championship week.

Teams will match up during championship week with each West team playing an East team who finish in the same spot in the standings, with the top teams playing for the league title, although the league will try to prevent regular-season rematches.

Minnesota’s 2020 schedule

Oct. 24 vs. Michigan
Oct. 31 at Maryland
Nov. 7 at Illinois
Nov. 14 vs. Iowa
Nov. 21 vs. Purdue
Nov. 28 at Wisconsin
Dec. 5 vs. Northwestern
Dec. 12 at Nebraska
Dec. 19 championship week