The game against Syracuse will not be easy whatsoever and will likely result in a loss for the Golden Gophers, but every other opponent should not be that tough.
Syracuse may be the only top 25 team that Minnesota faces in its non-conference schedule or that is at least the case right now.
Minnesota will have a great backcourt in the upcoming season with Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins returning, but it will definitely feel the losses of many great players.
This is not a tournament team entering the season (on paper), which makes an easy out-of-conference schedule seem like a good thing. If this team can get some momentum and if players can step up, who knows what could be once Big Ten play starts. I am not saying that the Golden Gophers will win the conference or anything like that, but at least competing in it is not out of the question.
Other teams to note that Minnesota will play are the Florida State Seminoles and the Richmond Spiders. It will also play Lehigh and Montana (among others).
It is hard to say how good, bad or average the Golden Gophers will be in the 2013-14 season, but they could have a pretty good record in non-conference play given the opponents that they will have to face.
As I am sure you are aware that will not be the case once Big Ten play begins. The conference will once again host some of the best teams in college hoops.