|1941 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
AP Poll national champion
Big Ten champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1941 record||8–0 (5–0 Big Ten)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1941 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Minnesota $||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||0|
|No. 5 Michigan||3||–||1||–||1||6||–||1||–||1|
|No. 13 Ohio State||3||–||1||–||1||6||–||1||–||1|
|No. 11 Northwestern||4||–||2||–||0||5||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1941 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1941 Big Ten Conference football season. In their tenth year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled an undefeated 8–0 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 186 to 38.
The team was selected national champion by eleven NCAA-designated major selectors in Associated Press, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess).: 112
Halfback Bruce Smith was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, INS, Time-Life, United Press (UP), Associated Press (AP) and Look Magazine. Smith was also awarded the Heisman Trophy, the only Golden Gopher to win the award.
Tackle Dick Wildung was named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, INS, Time Life, AP and UPI. Wildung, Smith, halfback Bill Daley, end Bob Fitch and guard Len Levy were named All-Big Ten.
Back Bob Sweiger was awarded the team most valuable player award.
Total attendance for the season was 239,227, which averaged to 47,845. The season high for attendance was against Northwestern.
|September 27||at Washington*||W 14–6||43,000|||
|October 11||Illinois||W 34–6||50,435|||
|October 18||Pittsburgh*||No. 1||W 39–0||35,000|||
|October 25||at No. 3 Michigan||No. 1||W 7–0||85,753|||
|November 1||No. 9 Northwestern||No. 1||W 8–7||64,464|||
|November 8||Nebraska*||No. 2||W 9–0||42,893|||
|November 15||at Iowa||No. 1||W 34–13||43,200|||
|November 22||Wisconsin||No. 1||W 41–6||52,984|||
On October 25, 1941, Minnesota, ranked #1 in the AP Poll, played Michigan, ranked #3 in the country. Minnesota won the game by a 7 to 0 score on a five-yard touchdown run by halfback Herman Frickey in the second quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 78-yard punt and a 43-yard pass, both by 1941 Heisman Trophy winner Bruce Smith. Minnesota gained 179 rushing yards in the game, while Michigan tallied 135 rushing yards. In the fourth quarter, Michigan twice drove deep into Minnesota territory, but both drives ended with pass interceptions by Minnesota's quarterback Bill Garnaas. The loss was the eighth in a row for the Wolverines against the Golden Gophers. The crowd of 85,753 at Michigan Stadium was the largest to that date to see a football game between two Big Ten Conference teams.