As the Gophers get ready to open their season tonight against Eastern Illinois (6 p.m., Big Ten Network), here's a blog post to get you up to speed. I'll be hosting a live chat at noon, so stop by there with your questions.

Meantime, here are some links to get you up to speed:

The Call: Gophers vs. Eastern Illinois, inside the matchups, my prediction

As season opens, Gophers seek offensive playmakers

They'll need playmakers on defense, too

Reusse: Defense is the difference with these Gophers

'Boss' Mitch Leidner grabs hold of No. 1 QB job; evolution of his leadership

David Cobb wants senior season to end without regrets

Safety Cedric Thompson continues to expand coverage

Tracy Claeys is returning to his comfort zone

Here's my season forecast for the Gophers

And if those stories aren't enough to whet your appetite, here's an inside look at last year's Nebraska win.

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