Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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BTN scribe picks Gophers to go 8-4 (best case) or 4-8 (worst case)

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers preseason practice, The Big 10 Updated: August 7, 2013 - 1:29 PM

Studying Minnesota's schedule for his Best Case/Worst Case series, Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart sees a best case of 8-4 and a worst case or 4-8.

In the best case scenario, he sees them defeating Iowa to move to 5-0 before withstanding losses to Michigan (home), Northwestern (away) and Nebraska (home) -- and then winning the next three games against Indiana (away), Penn State (home) and Wisconsin (home).

In the worst case, he sees San Jose State winning at TCF Bank Stadium. Then he sees the Gophers defeating Iowa before finishing the season on a seven-game skid.

I predicted a 7-5 finish in my StarTribune.com interview with Vineeta Sawkar last week. I didn't specify how the Gophers would get there, but I'm predicting a 4-0 non-conference mark and 3-5 Big Ten mark, with the wins over Iowa, Indiana and Penn State.

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