Gophers preview: Minnesota vs. Purdue

It's the Boilermakers and the Gophers Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. Can the maroon and gold get off the mat after a 58-0 debacle at Michigan?
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The Minnesota Gophers football team (1-4) is in Indiana, set to take on a Purdue team (2-2) living below expectations. Both squads are struggling to find their identity, and not even thinking about finding their names atop the Big Ten standings anytime soon.

In a Big Ten rundown, iSportsWeb has the 68th meeting between the Gophers and Boilermakers as one of the uglier match-ups of the week.

But for both teams, this game represents a real chance for a notch in the win column. But with MarQueis Gray listed as questionable Saturday, The Daily Gopher feels it's Purdue's game to lose.

1st-year coach Jerry Kill has gone on-record questioning his team's toughness in the Pioneer Press, and in turn may havebristled former Gophers coach Tim Brewster in the process.

Between a measure ofinconsistent effort and dressing a high number of freshmen starters, it's clear that each team desperately needs something positive Saturday.

There isn't much further to fall, as ESPN has Minnesota highly-ranked in the lowly 'worst in college football poll.'

Kickoff is set for noon Saturday from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

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