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Minnesota Golden Gophers Football: Kickoff Against Middle Tennessee State Set for 2:30 PM Local on September 6, Shown on BTN

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Beautiful early September weather, and a full day to get ready for an afternoon kickoff; there just might be a soul at BTN that cares about our Gophers.

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The intrepid TDG eam has learned that kickoff for the Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Middle Tennessee Whatsits has been scheduled for 2:30 PM local time in Minneapolis.  With any luck, the Bank will be showered in golden September sunlight to match the accent the color on the home team's uniform.  Also, I would prefer that the temperature not top 100 degrees like last year's season opener (for the sake of those around me).

In case you're wondering how we should be so fortunate to not be forced into an 11 AM start time against this, our most hated common non-con adversary, here is the list of other non-cons that Big Ten teams scheduled for this same day.  If you name these teams' B1G opponents in the comments you will win a prize be a highly regarded commenter.

  1. Akron
  2. Western Kentucky
  3. Central Michigan
  4. McNeese State (this one is fake, right?)
  5. Western Illinois
  6. Howard
  7. Ball State
  8. Northern Illinois

Needless to say, this kick time is probably not a nod by the conference proving that Minnesota has ascended from mediocrity to something above mediocrity.  It's more likely that this afternoon game was awarded because we shouldn't get used to having nice things, but they'll throw us a bone occasionally.

I can't speak for you, nor would I try to, but I know that I'm much more excited for this game now, and you are too.  The pre-game almost as important as the real game, and I'm looking forward to lunch at a tailgate rather than breakfast.

Savor those burgers and brats, people.  Make them count.