Astonishing tidbit I found on this Gopher forum:
"Starting with the year 2000, the Gophers have exactly SEVEN wins over teams that finished the season above .500 in conference play.
Mason (3): Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan
Brewster (1): Northwestern
Kill (2): Nebraska, Nebraska
None of those teams finished better than 5-3 in conference play, none of those teams finished in the top 3 in the conference. It is truly amazing how consistent Gopher football is: If a team is really good, Minnesota ALWAYS loses, If a team is slightly above average in conference play, Minnesota almost ALWAYS loses."
Minnesota fans' postgame thoughts are here.