University of Minnesota
As one of the oldest football programs in the nation, the Minnesota Golden Gophers know about tradition. Since forming in 1882, the team has won seven National Championships and 18 Big Ten Conference Championships. And Gopher fans carry on Maroon and Gold traditions like “Ski-U-Mah,” the “Minnesota Rouser” and a distaste for their rivals. Every year, the Gophers battle Michigan for the Little Brown Jug, take on Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, battle Iowa for the Floyd of Rosedale and square off against Penn State for the Governor’s Victory Bell.
Nickname:
Golden Gophers
Top Rivals:
University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin
Style Facts:
Minnesota’s maroon and gold dates back to the spring graduation ceremony of 1880. For the previous 29 years, different colors had been used every year for the ceremony. But in 1880, English instructor Augusta Smith was tasked with selecting colors for graduation ribbons. Smith chose maroon and gold and, as the years passed, the pairing became the school’s official colors without any kind of formal action.