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10.20.2011 / After a week off the Huskers get back to business. Posting by Greg Sharpe, The Voice of the Huskers.

After a much needed week off the Nebraska Cornhuskers are ready to get back to business this Saturday when they travel to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers. Even though last week was an off week the Huskers did receive some bad news with senior All-American Defensive Tackle Jared Crick being lost for the year.

"Last spring Minnesota shifted talented wide receiver MarQueis Gray to quarterback."

The Cozad, Nebraska native had surgery this week to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The defensive tackle position is one that the Huskers have some depth but losing a player of Crick’s caliber will hurt.

Minnesota has had a difficult season to this point under first year head coach Jerry Kill. The Gophers are only 1-5 and Kill has had some health issues of his own to deal with. During a game earlier this season the Minnesota Head Coach suffered a seizure. He is currently taking medication to control the problem. 

The Gophers opened the year with a two point loss at USC but since that time they have lost to New Mexico State, North Dakota State and Purdue. Their lone victory was over Miami of Ohio.
  
Last spring Minnesota shifted talented wide receiver MarQueis Gray to quarterback. The dual threat Gray is Minnesota’s leading rusher and he has thrown for four touchdowns. He has split time under center with true freshman Max Shortell.  The Kansas City area QB has two touchdown passes on the season.  The Gophers though have had trouble putting points on the board and are 109th in the nation in scoring offense only averaging 18 points per game.

Defense has also been an issue for this team. They are 109th in the country in scoring defense allowing teams to average 35 points per game. The Gophers don’t register many sacks or takeaways.
 
The Huskers are a big favorite for Saturday and as long as turnovers don’t become a problem this should be a comfortable weekend trip to Minneapolis. The Gophers will fight hard early in this game. They were also off last week but the more talented team (Nebraska) should win out in the end.  Go Big Red!

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