[picappgallerysingle id=”3209207″]The Minnesota Gophers open their season tonight south of the Mason-Dixon line against Middle Tennessee State University’s Blue Raiders. And the Gophers have caught a break: talented MTSU quarterback Dwight Dasher was suspended and won’t play tonight. That leaves inexperienced sophomore quarterback Logan Kilgore to take on one of the most experienced quarterbacks in college football: Gophers quarterback Adam Weber.
I’ve already said that I think Weber will have an outstanding season this year. We’ll get a little taste tonight, and we’ll also see if the Gophers offensive line really is better, and if the Gophers running game really has improved.
What are blue raiders, by the way? I imagine smurfs in armor. Just kidding, MTSU. It’s not like I have a lot to crow about – my team is called the Gophers, after all.
Don’t count MTSU out, though – they may not be Big Ten, but MTSU won the New Orleans Bowl last year and finished with a 10-3 record. The Minnesota Gophers are the first Big Ten team to visit MTSU at home, and record crowds are expected at Floyd Stadium.
What we won’t see? A real test of the Minnesota Gophers defense. You can’t call it a true test when you’re playing against a quarterback who has never seen Division1 action. Not to bring the kid down, but Logan Kilgore just isn’t the opponent that Dwight Dasher would have been. And Tim Brewster sought out this difficult schedule to try and make the Gophers a better team.
In tonight’s case, I think that quarterback Adam Weber and the Minnesota Gophers have the advantage over the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders.
Whatever those are, anyway.