The undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to extend their record to 4-0 on the year and equal the team's best start in five years when they face the Syracuse Orange on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. This matchup completes a two-game series between the teams that began with a 23-20 overtime win by Minnesota in the Carrier Dome in 2009. The Gophers, which have recorded wins over UNLV, New Hampshire, and Western Michigan so far this year, have not won all four of their regular season non-conference games since 2008.
If Minnesota is to win, however, it will be without star quarterback MarQueis Gray, who suffered a high ankle sprain during last week's game against Western Michigan. The Gophers will turn to sophomore Max Shortell, who completed 10 of 17 pass attempts for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns after replacing Gray in the second quarter of Minnesota's win over the Broncos.
Syracuse is 1-2 on the season, with losses to Northwestern and USC. The Orange did win their Week 3 game against FCS powerhouse Stony Brook. Saturday will be Syracuse's first true road game of the season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT, with television coverage on BTN. The radio broadcast can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM/KTCN 1130 AM. Oddsshark.com lists Minnesota as a one-point favorite.
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