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Gophers hosting Miami (Ohio) for the final non-conference game of the season

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Minnesota looks to continue their winning ways and extend their record to 3-0 before they head into the Big Ten season. But first is Miami University on what may be the hottest game played in the 10 years of TCF Bank Stadium.

3 KEYS

  • Quarterback Play - The one area where I’m nervous about this afternoon’s game is at quarterback. Zack Annexstad has had one fumble in his two starts, while avoiding throwing an interception. An interception is coming at some point, I don’t fear that. I fear a rash of interceptions or really bad interceptions that put the balance of the game in doubt.
  • Offensive Line - This being the last tuneup before Big Ten games, I’d really like to see the offensive line show some improvement. It has been the weakest unit (maybe punting) and it needs to get better. Miami has just 2 sacks on the year, let’s keep it that way.
  • Stay Healthy - please no season ending injuries to key (or not key) players.

OPPOSING PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • #14 QB - Gus Ragland - Senior quarterback and 3-year starter for the Redhawks, the offensive runs through his arm.
  • #5 LB - Junior McMullen - Senior linebacker who leads the team in tackles, figures to be in the mix as the Gophers run the ball.

PREDICTION

The Redhawks are going to be better than New Mexico State, but I think the Gophers will put some things together in this game, looking their sharpest to date. This one gets opened up in the second half.

Minnesota - 35
Miami (Ohio) - 10