|1961 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1961 record||8–2 (6–1 Big Ten)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1961 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State $||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|No. 6 Minnesota||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 8 Michigan State||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|No. 12 Purdue||4||–||2||–||0||6||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1961 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their eighth year under head coach Murray Warmath, the Golden Gophers were 7–2 in the regular season and won the Rose Bowl, 21–3 over UCLA; Minnesota outscored their opponents 161–78. The Golden Gophers finished sixth in both final polls (Associated Press (AP) writers poll and United Press International (UPI) coaches poll), released in early December, prior to the bowl games.
Quarterback Sandy Stephens received the team's most valuable player award, was a consensus first-team All-American, finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was named Rose Bowl MVP, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, given to the Big Ten's most valuable player. Tackle Bobby Bell was also named a first-team All-American by the FWAA, AFCA, Sporting News, and Central Press. Fullback Judge Dickson and offensive lineman Jim Wheeler were named Academic All-Big Ten.
|September 30||Missouri*||L 0–6||58,840|
|October 7||Oregon*||W 14–7||50,499|
|October 14||at Northwestern||W 10–3||41,251|
|October 21||at Illinois||W 33–0||52,247|
|October 28||Michigan||W 23–20||63,898|
|November 4||No. 1 Michigan State||W 13–0||59,941|
|November 11||at Iowa||No. 5||W 16–9||60,100|
|November 18||No. 7 Purdue||No. 5||W 10–7||67,081|
|November 25||Wisconsin||No. 3||L 21–23||66,232|
|January 1||vs. No. 16 UCLA*||No. 6||W 21–3||98,214|
- Carl Eller, Soph.
- QB Sandy Stephens
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