MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It's not often for there to be a lot on the line when Northwestern and Minnesota meet on the football field.

That there will be on Saturday.

The Wildcats have impressive victories at Penn State and home against Wisconsin to start out 2-0 in the Big Ten. It's helped pull Northwestern (3-2 overall) out of a slide that included nine losses in 10 games after a 4-0 start to last season.

The Golden Gophers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) are coming off a bye week that they entered on the high of a rare victory at Michigan, a 30-14 thumping that brought the Little Brown Jug back to Minnesota for just the second time in 24 meetings.