With less than a week until the Gophers' season-opener against UNLV, the starting 22 needs to be solidified as soon as possible.
Minnesota's game at UNLV is on Thursday, so Saturday is being treated as the start of game week. While most of the starters are set, figuring out the rotation can be just as important. So battles for backup spots have been heated. But come Saturday, those questions will be answered.
"We're still repping a lot of kids and take the full speed reps against our offense about 30 minutes each day. They are still being evaluated," defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said. "When they come back Saturday we'll try to have everything situated."
Minnesota's game at UNLV will take place at 10 p.m. CT and be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.