Tomorrow night Ohio State will play at Minnesota. It is one of those “trap games” — a game that the Buckeyes are expected to win, but also a game that poses challenges.
It has been a tough season for the Golden Gophers. They are 0-4 in the Big Ten, having lost to Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Purdue, and 1-7 overall. They had an embarrassing defeat to South Dakota, and earlier this season they fired their coach. Still, Minnesota has managed to put points on the board in its conference losses. They are led by a senior quarterback, Adam Weber, who has thrown for 17 touchdowns, and a big, tall, receiver, Da’Jon McKnight, who has caught nine of those scoring passes. They have two good running backs who share rushing duties. The Golden Gopher defense, however, has been a problem all season.
You would expect Ohio State to win this game, but there is reason for Buckeye fans to be wary. This game is a way for the Minnesota players to salvage something from an otherwise lost season. The Golden Gophers will be playing under the lights on national TV before what is likely to be their biggest crowd of the season. They just saw their arch-rival, Wisconsin, beat Ohio State in a night game, and they will be fired up to duplicate that achievement. I would expect Minnesota and its interim coach to pull out every stop and use every play in the playbook to try to win tomorrow night’s game.
As I said, it’s a trap game. I hope the Buckeyes are ready.