MINNEAPOLIS Just three games remain in the 2012 regular season for the University of Minnesota football team. After earning their first Big Ten win against Purdue two weekends ago, the Gophers followed it up with a one-sided loss to the Michigan Wolverines at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota now has two remaining road games on the schedule, and it starts this Saturday when the Gophers head to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Here are five things to watch in this weekend's matchup.
1. Can Minnesota mentally get past last Saturday's loss to Michigan and finally become bowl eligible?
The Gophers had plenty of chances to make a game of it last Saturday against the visiting Wolverines. Minnesota trailed by only a touchdown at halftime and was facing a Michigan team that didn't have dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson on the field.
But the Gophers missed too many opportunities and would up losing 35-13 to drop to 5-4 overall after starting the year 4-0. Minnesota n...