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College Football Opening Weekend: Gopher Football Kicks Off Season Hosting Eastern Illinois - OPEN THREAD

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Date: August 28, 2014

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 6:00 PM Central Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network Radio: KOOL 108 (107.9 FM)
Gophers Radio Network
XM Ch 84
Sirius Ch 84

Internet Stream:
BTN2Go Mobile App
Radio Stream: Silver and Black Pride
TV Announcers: Eric Collins, Glenn Mason & Jamie Hersch Know Thy Foe: Eastern Illinois Preview
Weather: 68 degrees, winds from the ESE at 9 MPH, 55% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota by -26.5

3 Keys, 2 Players to Watch, 1 Prediction

Maroon_key_medium Dominate the Line of Scrimmage - This is an FCS team, the Gophers have an experienced and talented offensive line, they need to control the line of scrimmage. I expect to see some open rushing lanes and clean pockets for Leidner.

Turnovers -
This maybe isn't a key to winning the game but turnovers are contagious and I think it carries over from game to game. I'd love to see the defense generate about three turnovers tonight and really build up some confidence to start the season.

Confidence for Mitch -
This is another key that is more for the rest of the season than it is for tonight. Tonight I suspect we will run the ball with relative ease controlling the line of scrimmage and the clock. But I hope we put Leidner in positions to succeed, complete passes, maybe even make a couple big plays. Get our QB1 some confidence.


  • #88 - WR - Adam Drake - 2nd team pre-season FCS All-American. We have a pretty good secondary and it will be nice to see them get challenged by a talented receiver early.
  • #2 - DB/Rover - Jourdan Wickliffe - 1st team All-Ohio Valley in 2013.


Gophers win this one and in the 4th quarter you will see two things, Chris Streveler and plenty of open seats.

Minnesota - 34

Easter Illinois - 13