Minnesota trailed in the fourth quarter in each of their first three games and nearly blew a 21-point fourth-quarter lead in their fourth game. They have a scoring differential of plus-20 (the lowest among remaining undefeated teams) and ranked outside the top 40 in the Week 6 College Football Rankings. The Gophers are not ranked highly among the remaining undefeated teams.
Despite a 2-0 road record for the first time since 1999, a 1-0 Big Ten record for the first time since 2014 and a Big Ten passing record, Minnesota is buried in the undefeated rankings. They are one of only two unbeatens not ranked inside the top 30 of the Week 6 Rankings. Still, they're one of only 18 unbeatens and eyeing a potential 8-0 start before hosting Penn State on Nov. 9
Here are the undefeated rankings entering Week 6: