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.
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.