Miami (Ohio) in Minnesota
When: Saturday at 11 am
where: Huntington Bank Stadium
Season: 70 degree, 5 mph south wind
Record: Both teams are 0-1. In Week 1, Minnesota lost to then-numbers 45–31. 4 Ohio State; Miami lost 49–14 to No. 8 Cincinnati.
History: Minnesota has won 19 consecutive non-conference games—the longest streak in the nation. The U are all-time 3-0 against Miami (Ohio), including a 26-3 win over head coach PJ Fleck’s second season in 2018.
Main Matches: Front seven of the Gophers Running Back vs. Miami Defense. Yu lost star RB Mo Ibrahim to a leg injury at the end of the season last week, so this is the first time for Trey Potts, Bryce Williams, Cam Wiley and a pair of new players to set up a new pecking order on the tailback. Is.
Who has the edge?
Gophers Offense vs. Miami (Ohio) Defense: Without Ibrahim, QB Tanner Morgan will have more control over the U offense. His No. 1 substitute, Chris Autman-Bell, returned to practice after an ankle injury at fall camp. But after coming out of the 19-point favorite and devastating Ibrahim news, will Minnesota choose to give the “Crab” another week’s rest before their first road game in Colorado next week? Texas A&M WR transfer Dylan Wright made the move in his first collegiate game with five receptions for 57 yards and a TD versus the Buckeyes. TE Brevin Spahn-Ford added a career-high of three receptions for 44 yards. Miami’s 6-foot-4s Sterling Weatherford had seven tackles and one INT last week as the Redhawks forced Cincinnati into three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble recovery). But he also allowed four TDs. According to Pro Football Focus, Minnesota scored 203 yards against the Buckeyes, with center John Michael Schmitz receiving the highest grade (78.7) and Sam Schlueter the lowest (35.2). Miami Edge Kameron Butler is the Redhawks’ best pass rusher with eight career sacks and 17 tackles for lost yards. torrent: gophers
Gophers Defense vs. Miami (Ohio) Offense: The Gophers players were having an exclusive this week, emphasizing how Miami won the Mid-American Conference in 2019. Miami also dealt their only loss a year earlier to 2020 MAC champion Ball State. Miami has 19 players returning from last year’s squad that finished 2-1. Predicted starting QB Brett Gabert missed this year’s opener due to injury, and AJ Meyer completed only 32 percent of his pass against the Bearcats. RB Keyon Mozee averaged 5.3 yards in his 15 carries a week ago. The RedHawks had only one play that lasted more than 20 yards last week, while the Gophers had five such plays left to the Buckeyes. Minnesota had two missed assignments and beat just three others. U want to allow two or fewer big plays per game. The Buckeyes targeted backup safety Kelvin Svensson last week, with starter Jordan Howden (thigh) out. Howden returned to practice this week. Gophers transfer DTs Niles Pinckney (Clemson) and Val Martin (NC State) were two of the three lowest-rated defenders for U last week, according to the PFF. torrent: gophers
Special Teams: Matthew Trickett of the Gophers scored a 46-yard field goal against the Buckeyes, the U’s first 40-plus-yard field goal since 2018. P Mark Crawford puts two of his three punts inside the 10-yard line. Minnesota strategically took six proper catches on the eight Ohio State kickoffs, but look for the Gophers to return the ball against the Redhawks. torrent: gophers
Prediction: The Buckeyes had Minnesota’s toughest test of the season last week and the Yu led 21-17 in the third quarter before OSU firepower. Check out the gophers in this one for the same pull-away effect. Gophers, 34-17