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Minnesota Football: Golden Gophers Host Middle Tennessee State in Week 2 - OPEN THREAD

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
MTSU BLUE RAIDERS Game 2 MINNESOTA GOPHERS
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Date: September 6, 2014
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 2:30 PM Central Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network Radio:

KFAN (100.3 FM)
Gophers Radio Network
XM Ch 195
Sirius Ch 113
SiruisXM 195

Internet Stream: BTN2Go.com
BTN2Go Mobile App
Radio Stream: IHeartRadio
TV Announcers: Anthony LaPanta, Glenn Mason & Jamie Hersch Know Thy Foe: Middle Tennessee
State Preview
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny, winds from the WNW at 9 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota by -16

3-2-1

3 KEYS TO TODAY'S GAME

Maroon_key_medium Jump on the Tigers Quickly - I am stealing this one from GoAUpher's quick preview. But the Gophers have really struggled to score on their opening possessions over the last 2+ years. You have an inferior opponent who is going to be excited to come into your building and get on SportsCenter with a win. Jump on them right away. Ram it down their throat all the way down the field and let them know early that this is going to be a long day for their defense.

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See Improvement in the Passing Game -
I don't care what the excuse was or is. First game jitters, getting used to game-speed, not having Wolitarsky...I don't care we need to seem improvement. Complete more passes, gain more yards and put the ball where receivers can catch it more regularly. I'm not looking for Peyton Manning, just improvement.

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Stay Healthy -
We lost some depth on the defensive line last week. As we head into the TCU tame and soon the Big Ten schedule, I'd really like to have a healthy roster. Lets get through this game with a win and unscathed injury-wise.

OPPOSING PLAYERS TO WATCH

Target_medium QB - Austin Grammer - Sophomore quarterback who won the starting spot this year replacing the talented Logan Kilgore. All he did in his first start was go 15/17 for 250 yards and a touchdown. Yes it was a very weak opponent but 15/17 is pretty nice. He'll be the offensive player to watch for the Blue Raiders.

Target_medium S - Kevin Byard - 1st team preseason All Conference USA safety. The junior had just one tackle last week but also notched an interception.

PREDICTION

This should be another Gopher win. MTSU will score more before garbage time but should still be at least a 2 TD win.

Minnesota - 34

Middle Tennessee - 17