Jordan Kruger- @intern_jordan
The Golden Gophers (1-0) kick off their second game of the season tomorrow against the New Mexico State Aggies (0-1). The Aggies are coming off of a loss against the Texas Longhorns last week, losing 56-7. After a rough week, the only thing that looked half way decent for the Aggies was their passing game, throwing for 242 yards. This will be tough to do against the Gophers, as their secondary is by far the strong point of the team.
The Gophers did waiver on defense last week though. Too many run plays up the middle that turned into big gains for UNLV, giving up 193 yards on the ground. The Rebels did throw for 226 yards also. The Gophers gave up 23 points last week, but I look for them to improve this week against a weak New Mexico State team.
On offense, there was a lot of balance that benefited Philip Nelson. Nelson had 22 passing attempts, which is a good number. That should be the goal for the Gophers this week as well, establishing the run with David Cobb and Donnell Kirkwood. Nelson ran the ball too much last week and took a few hits. 12 carries is too much for a QB even though he had a 48-yard TD run.
This week should be a fairly easy win for the Gophers, once again setting the pace for the Big Ten season to come. The Gophers will look to works some kinks out on both sides of the ball once they gain control of the game. This will be another good opportunity for Philip Nelson to get polished up for a difficult schedule to come.
B1G Game of the Week- Game to watch this weekend is Notre Dame at Michigan. Last game the two teams will play because of Notre Dame ending the rivalry contract, not wanting to keep Michigan on their schedule. This is a big measuring stick for the Wolverines, trying to reestablish themselves at a National powerhouse. Though the Wolverines are down because of injuries, they looked very good in Week 1. This game will be a springboard for Michigan in the national ranking as well.