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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There's a light rain falling at Memorial Stadium, nothing like the snow back home, and it's 54 degrees as the Gophers prepare to face Illinois. There's a strong, steady wind blowing toward the north end zone, which could affect play.
The weather and the early start time (and very likely, the opponent) seem to be keeping people away, because the stadium is half-full as kickoff approaches, and I don't even see much traffic on the road leading to the stadium. I'm a little surprised, since this is the Illini's last home game.
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