Big Blue's air game might make difference

Originally Published: October 7, 2004
By Tony Granieri | Scouts, inc.
This Big Ten showdown is a battle for conference supremacy as No.13 Minnesota travels to Ann Arbor to take on the No. 14 Wolverines.

Both teams come in with unblemished conference records and tied for the top spot in league standings. However, at 5-0 Minnesota boasts the better overall mark and it can secure a bowl berth with a win over Michigan.

Who: Minnesota (13) at Michigan (14)
When: Sat., 12:00 ET (ESPN)
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Gophers are a highly-touted offensive machine with one of the best running attacks in the country. They will look to avenge last year's meltdown at the Metrodome.

Minnesota led Michigan 28-7 in the fourth quarter of the game but the Wolverines came from behind to register a 38-35 victory. While the game remains a nightmare and a psychological hurdle for the Gophers, it is a source of inspiration for the Wolverines.

In a conference with 15 traditional trophy games, only one will be on the line this weekend.

Michigan and Minnesota battle for the oldest trophy in conference annals. Established in 1903 the "Little Brown Jug" has been the focal point of this rivalry for over a century.

Saturday's game marks the 93rd meeting between the Golden Gophers and Wolverines with Michigan holding a 66-23-3 edge in the all-time series. Minnesota will be looking to claim the jug for the first time since 1986.