Crystal Ball Week 10

With camp getting ready to open, we finish looking at our Spartan Digest Crystal Ball. The Spartans sit with a record of 9-0 and have become the talk of college football as the most surprising team of the season. Up next are the annoying Minnesota Golden Gophers who must travel to Spartan Stadium this season.

Minnesota (Sat. Nov 6, 2010) Spartan Stadium

2009 Record: 6-7 BIG TEN 3-5

Last Game Against MSU: 2009 Score: 42-34, Spartan Loss

Last season the Spartans traveled to Minnesota just after the emotional Iowa game. This season the Gophers must make the trip coming off a home game against Ohio State. The tables look to be turning but the Gophers will not be an easy task.

Tim Brewster enters his fourth season at the helm of the Gophers program with back-to-back bowl games. Many feel it is time for Brewster to get the program over the next hump and a victory over Michigan State on the road could do wonders for Minnesota to have an even bigger season than last year.

Senior quarterback Adam Weber returns along with a veteran offensive line. While the offensive line has all five starters returning, they did have many problems in 2009 keeping pressure off Weber and opening up running lanes. In all nine starters return on the offensive side of the football and many feel, Weber is the key. While Minnesota has seen a change in their offensive coordinator, the base offense remains. The big question will be if the Gophers can build a running attack and score points as they were last in the Big Ten a year ago.

On defense, the Gophers must rely on two seniors, both at safety. Kim Royston and Kyle Theret must get the rest of the new starters to gel and do so early. Getting the Spartans this late in the season could help Minnesota but right now, it is unclear if they will be able to apply pressure without blitzing.

Last season's loss to Minnesota is still in the minds of many Spartan fans and players alike. Don't look for a repeat in 2010 as the Spartans should be a better overall team and one that continue their winning ways in what is becoming a special season.

A great home crowd will watch the Spartans trap the Gophers as the Spartan Digest Crystal Ball has the Spartans moving their record to 10-0. Crystal Ball Prediction: Spartans Win – 37 - 17.

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