PLAYERS TO WATCH:
WR Dane Sanzenbacher -- While DeVier Posey gets the most attention the senior captain is having a productive season at wide receiver. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Sanzenbacher has a knack for making difficult catches. He had several acrobatic catches against Wisconsin, and he came back last week with an exciting 56-yard catch and run against Purdue. His best performance came against Eastern Michigan when he caught four touchdowns.
RB Jaamal Berry -- The redshirt freshman from Miami is emerging as an offensive weapon for the Buckeyes this season. Berry has rushed for 246 yards on 26 carries for a 9.5 yard-per-carry average. He also has one touchdown. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder is an explosive player so the Gophers will need to be aware of him when he lines up in the backfield.
PK Devin Barclay -- His streak of eight straight games with at least one field goal was broken when Ohio State scored seven touchdowns against Purdue. While the Buckeyes should score enough touchdowns that it won't come down to Barclay's leg, he should have a few opportunities at field goals.
RB DeLeon Eskridge -- The junior has really started to emerge as the go-to running back in the Gopher offense. He had a big game against Penn State last week gaining 111 yards and scoring a touchdown. Minnesota will likely try to keep its defense and Ohio State's offense off the field so expect Eskridge to get the majority of the carries for the Gophers.
LB Gary Tinsley -- The junior middle linebacker has been one of the most consistent playmakers on the Minnesota defense. The junior leads the team with 63 tackles and has been in double figures in tackles four times this season. The Gophers have been terrible at shutting down athletic quarterbacks this season and one of Tinsley's main jobs should be to keep an eye on Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor.
S Kyle Theret -- Like Tinsley, Theret will have to keep his on Pryor at all times to try and prevent the athletic quarterback from scrambling on broken plays and designed runs. The 5-foot-10 senior isn't the biggest or most athletic player on the defense but he has a knack for the finding the ball carrier and consistently making the tackle. He's second on the team with 47 tackles and is second in solo stops with 33.
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