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Updated: November 10th, 2013 3:34pm
Gophers move into coaches poll at No. 25, just miss spot in AP top-25

Gophers move into coaches poll at No. 25, just miss spot in AP top-25

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Gophers' sudden resurgence in the Big Ten has been taking them into recently uncharted territory, slowly garnering them a bit of national recognition.

Minnesota (8-2), one day after notching its fourth straight Big Ten victory with a sound defeat of Penn State, broke into the USA Today Coaches poll on Sunday for the first time since Oct. 26, 2008, sliding in at No. 25 overall.

The Gophers (60 points) missed the cutoff for the Associated Press top-25 poll, finishing behind Ole Miss (68 points) as the first two teams left out this week. Texas (No. 23), Miami (No. 24) and Georgia (No. 25) grabbed the final three spots.

A glut of solid two-loss teams, even Georgia with three, plus the Gophers' soft nonconference schedule and a mediocre year for the Big Ten are in some part to blame for Minnesota stance just outside the AP poll.

There is still a possibility the Gophers could be ranked in both when polls when they face-off with border rival Wisconsin in two weeks. With Minnesota heading into a bye, any combination of losses by the last seven teams in the poll next week could easily result in bumping the Kill's squad, despite being idle.

The fact there is even a discussion about the Gophers and poll position happening in November speaks the improbability of their run to only their fourth eight-win season in 46 years.

Minnesota's turnaround from where it was a month ago (0-2 in the Big Ten, season at a crossroads) has taken place so quickly that even Kill has mentioned being awed by the dramatic shift.

"It's not a surprise. You know that process is going to work, because you believe in it," Kill said in his office on Sunday. "But you never know how fast something is going to go. It just happens that it's happen this way. That's a credit to the players. Maybe adversity has something to do with it."

AP Top 25 (Nov. 10)

1. Alabama (9-0)
2. Florida State (9-0)
3. Ohio State (9-0)
4. Baylor (8-0)
5. Stanford (8-1)
6. Oregon (8-1)
7 Auburn (9-1)
8. Clemson (8-1)
9. Missouri (9-1)
10. Texas A&M (8-2)
11. South Carolina (7-2)
12. Oklahoma State (8-1)
13. UCLA (7-2)
14. Michigan State (8-1)
15. UCF (7-1)
16. Fresno State (9-0)
17. Wisconsin (7-2)
18. LSU (7-3) Oklahoma State (8-1)
19. Louisville (8-1)
20. Northern Illinois (9-0)
21. Arizona State (7-2)
22. Oklahoma (7-2)
23. Texas (7-2)
24. Miami (FL) (7-2)
25. Georgia (6-3)

Others receiving votes: Ole Miss 68, Minnesota 60, Nebraska 16, Duke 11, USC 10, Washington 9, Ball State 7, Virginia Tech 5, Brigham Young 3, Notre Dame 2, Houston 1

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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