Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/11/12
MINNEAPOLIS The University of Minnesota football team is finally back on the field this Saturday following a bye week. The Gophers are antsy to return after mulling over their loss to Iowa late last month. It was the first loss of the year for Minnesota and dropped the previously perfect Gophers to 4-1. Now Minnesota hosts 5-1 Northwestern for homecoming this Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. Here are five things to watch for in the Gophers' second Big Ten game of 2012.1. How much, if at all, will quarterback MarQueis Gray play?Gray suffered a high ankle sprain in the Gophers' game against Western Michigan and hasn't played in the team's last two games. Sophomore quarterback Max Shortell has started in Gray's place, but Minnesota had a bye week last weekend, giving Gray's ankle time to heal.Gray was not listed on the injury report released by the Gophers on Thursday, although it's still unlikely that he will start Saturday against Northwestern. Shortell is expected to get the majorit...
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