The voice of Gopher football, Mike Grimm, previews Saturday's match-up at Purdue with five key points:
1. GRAY'S HEALTH: The health of No. 1 quarterback MarQueis Gray will be the No. 1 discussion topic this week. A healthy Gray adds a playmaker to a team that is a bit shy on big play weapons. Minnesota's offense looked anemic at Michigan last week without Gray as an option.
2. DESPERATE TIMES: This is a matchup of two desperate teams, who might look at this weekend's tilt as their best chance to get a victory and get one fast. Minnesota begins a brutal four-game stretch following Saturday (Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin). And, Purdue's upcoming six-game slate isn't exactly a cakewalk (Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa). The most desperate team will almost certainly win on Saturday.
3. TACKLING: One of the bigger disappointments of the season so far for the Gophers is the lack of improvement in tackling. The team was a poor-tackling team a year ago and things haven't gotten a lot better. Poor positioning, poor angles, and poor technique, all equates to poor results. Minnesota has got to tackle to win.
4. GRAB A LEAD AND HOLD IT: Do you know the last time a Golden Gopher football team has won a game in which it hasn't trailed? Well, it was at Purdue on October 25th, 2008! The Gophers have trailed in every game since then - all 35 contests - even in the ten games they've won since then, they've trailed at some point. It'd be nice to get a wire-to-wire win this weekend West Lafayette.
5. ALL-ACCESS RADIO: Gopher Radio Network sideline reporter Justin Gaard is provided exclusive locker room access and talks to head coach Jerry Kill after every game. It is worth the listen! Hope you'll join the entire crew for the broadcast from Ross Ade Stadium on Saturday on the Gopher Radio Network presented by AlarmForce!