Penn State Nittany Lions at Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview

Penn State heads back to the road this weekend, making their second ever visit to TCF Bank Stadium to face the suddenly surging Minnesota Golden Gophers.  Since dropping a 42-13 game in Ann Arbor to Michigan, Minnesota has rolled off 3 straight victories, including two away from the Twin Cities.  The Penn State defense will be tasked with shutting down the nation’s 20th ranked rushing offense, which averages over 220 yards per game.  Junior David Cobb leads the way with 803 yards through 9 games, to go along with 6 touchdowns.  Tracy Claeys is likely to be running the Gophers on the field again in the absence of head man Jerry Kill (who will be in the coaches box), who continues to take time away from the program in an effort to get his ongoing seizures and epilepsy better managed.

  • Penn State (5-3, 2-2) at Minnesota (7-2, 3-2)
  • Bill O’Brien (13-7) vs. Jerry Kill (16-18)
  • Kickoff: 12:00
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Opening Line: Minnesota -2
  • Minnesota Site: Gold and Gopher

At first glance, the Gopher’s strength on the ground appears to be a good matchup for the PSU defense, which outside of the Ohio State game, has done a solid job against the run.  Minnesota doesn’t have the athletes on the outside either that all 4 PSU Big 10 opponents have brought to the table, which should help a secondary that has shown many holes this season.  On the other side of the ball, the Minnesota defense is far from elite, but they do sit comfortably in the middle of the nation, allowing just 25 points per game.

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Topics: Football, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Penn State Nittany Lions

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