The odds were already in Minnesota's favor.
The Crimson Tide bench just impulsively decided to tip the scales ... even more in Minnesota's favor.
For whatever the polls mean -- and at best, they're an opinionated but effective PR exercise -- the undefeated, 12th-ranked Golden Gophers didn't exactly need more of an edge, playing at home to undefeated, 24th-ranked Alabama.
Turns out they needed every edge they could get.
Alabama was already chopping into Minnesota's 14-point lead when matters started getting chippy.
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