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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All week, it looked like Mitch Leidner would start at quarterback for the Gophers.
But during pregame warmups, Philip Nelson lined up with the first-team offense, and Leidner was with the second team.
Nelson hasn't played since he strained his right hamstring in the second quarter of the Western Illinois game two weeks ago. Leidner was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after rushing for 151 yards and four touchdowns last week against San Jose State.
Update: Nelson indeed got the start.
The Big Ten season is finally here for the Gophers, who will play Iowa today at TCF Bank Stadium in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale.
It was windy and rainy on my way into the stadium, but the hourly forecast on Minneapolis+MN+55455:4:US">Weather.com says it should be cloudy for kickoff and clear up a bit during the game.
By now, if you're caught up on all our Gophers coverage, check out this game preview from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It's a good reminder that Ra'Shede Hageman could have make an impact going against a retooled interior offensive line for the Hawkeyes.
I caught up with Hageman this week and he made it clear that last year's 31-13 loss in Iowa City did not sit well with the Gophers over the offseason.
"We definitely think about that," he said. "Coaches bring it up just to motivate us to work a little bit harder because you never know, that motivation might help us win the game."
Iowa led last year's game 24-0 at halftime.
"I wouldn’t say we were physically beaten up, but we got outplayed," Gophers guard Zac Epping said. "We’ve got to play more physical. The more physical team’s going to win, and we’re up to the challenge."
The Gophers are wearing their all maroon uniform combination, which brought wins this year against UNLV and San Jose State. Iowa is wearing its traditional white jerseys, black helmets and gold pants.
I'll post any other pregame updates here.
|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|New York||79||3rd Qtr 1:08|
|LA Clippers||35||2nd Qtr 2:31|
|NY Rangers||1||3rd Prd 14:50|
|Dallas||0||3rd Prd 19:00|
|San Jose||1||3rd Prd 13:21|
|Boston||1||2nd Prd 10:44|
|Ottawa||1||2nd Prd 2:50|
|Winnipeg||1||2nd Prd 3:22|
|NY Islanders||0||2nd Prd 18:47|
|Carolina||1||2nd Prd 19:10|
|Chicago||0||2nd Prd 15:20|
|West Virginia||64||2nd Half 1:30|
|Tenn Tech||75||2nd Half 2:26|
|Rider||73||2nd Half 3:09|
|Eastern Ky||66||2nd Half 0:50|
|NC Wesleyan||50||2nd Half 1:28|
|Florida A&M||39||2nd Half|
|Ole Miss||8:00 PM|
|High Point||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||8:05 PM|
|La Verne||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|Carroll (MT)||9:00 PM|
|San Diego St||10:00 PM|
|(19) Louisville||10||3rd Qtr|
|Bowling Green||12/6/13 7:00 PM|
|(16) Northern Ill|
|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||48||FINAL|
|William & Mary||59|
|Dayton||74||2nd Half 4:55|
|Clemson||67||2nd Half 2:37|
|NC State||65||2nd Half 7:35|
|Utah Valley U||31||2nd Half|
|Wichita State||57||2nd Half 5:38|
|Sam Houston St||33|
|Utah State||39||2nd Half 18:14|
|Boston College||29||2nd Half 18:44|
|TX-San Antonio||29||2nd Half 19:07|
|Arizona||24||2nd Half 20:00|
|Texas State||18||2nd Half 19:15|
|Tenn Tech||49||1st Half 7:56|
|New Orleans||17||2nd Half|
|Idaho State||28||2nd Half 18:56|
|Northern Ill||28||2nd Half|
|Loyola Marymount||8:00 PM|
|Miami-Florida||0||1st Half 20:00|
|San Diego Christian||9:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|St Marys-CA||9:00 PM|