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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Gophers pregame: Kirkwood's out with a sprained ankle

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers game day Updated: September 7, 2013 - 6:02 PM



LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- I'm all set up in the press box at Aggie Memorial Stadium, with a 50-yard line seat for tonight's game between the Gophers and New Mexico State.

This stadium seats 30,000, and they're hoping to have it about half-full for this first Aggies home game of the season. The forecast says it'll be about 89 degrees for kickoff (6:05 p.m., Central) and about 79 at game's end. It's a dry heat, so it should be more comfortable for the Gophers than their muggy home opener.

As expected, Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood did not make the trip. He's recovering from a sprained ankle. Backup tackle Ed Olson and backup linebacker Nick Rallis are also out with unspecified injuries.

The Gophers are wearing their white tops and maroon pants.

Since this game won't be televised live locally, you're options are to head to a sports bar with a premium college football package, or to stream it on BTN2Go. I'm told that service isn't working, however, so but you see stream it live using this link.

You also can follow along on Twitter, @JoeCStrib. The beat writer for the Las Cruces Sun-News is @TeddyFeinberg.

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