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.
Email Joe to talk about the Gophers.
Sitting here in the press box at Ryan Field with our football columnist Mark Craig. It's a bit hazy, but you can still see Lake Michigan. Nice campus, quaint stadium, real grass.
We did this the right way. We left very early, got here without any traffic and had time to stroll over to a breakfast place before coming to the press box. So I'm fat, fed and happy and ready for the game.
I still think the Gophers are going to win this game, but that it will be close. They say it might rain here at some point during the game, which should make things more interesting. I'll get back to you at halftime with some thoughts then.
Have a good day
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