Minnesota vs Ohio State Game Preview - Part 1

The Gophers are 7-42 all time against the Buckeyes, their worst record versus any conference school. Not only has Minnesota lost seven consecutive games in the series, the results haven't even been close. Ohio State's margin of victory during the streak is nearly 23 points.

DATE: October 30, 2010

TIME: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (CST)

SITE: Minneapolis, Minn.

STADIUM: TCF Bank Stadium

SERIES: The Gophers are 7-42 all time against the Buckeyes, their worst record versus any conference school. Not only has Minnesota lost seven consecutive games in the series, the results haven't even been close. Ohio State's margin of victory during the streak is nearly 23 points. The Gophers have lost 23 of the last 24 games in the series, with their last win coming in 2000.

RECORD: Ohio State (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten)

PREDICTION: Ohio State 48 - 17

KEYS TO THE GAME:

Ohio State: Play to their ability. The Buckeyes have vastly superior talent and if they play to their ability they should control the game and win easily.

The potent Ohio State running game should dictate the tempo on offense and their No. 3 ranked defense nationally should slow down a Gopher offensive attack that put up 433 yards last game against Penn State.

If the Buckeyes don't come into the game over confident they should be able to beat the Gophers handily with superior athletes.

Minnesota: Force multiple turnovers, although it won't be easy because the Buckeyes are third in the country in turnover margin (plus-1.38 per game). Another key will be their ability or inability to contain explosive dual-threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

At 6-foot-6, 233 pounds, Pryor is certainly the biggest quarterback the Gophers have faced and he may be the most athletic. The junior was hand-timed last summer at 4.33 seconds in the 40 yard. Pryor isn't just a running quarterback.

He has really improved his passing this season already tying last season's touchdown mark with 18, while throwing five less interception. The Gophers won't be completely stop Pryor but if they can contain his scrambling and force him into a couple turnovers, it could give the Gopher offense a chance to keep Minnesota in the game.

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