The Gophers kick off their season on Saturday against the Syracuse Orange in Syracuse, New York. The game will be televised on ESPN and kickoff is scheduled for 12:02 Eastern Time at the Carrier Dome. This is the first time since 2006 that the Gopher Football Schedule is starting on the road. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won 12 of the last 14 season openers.
Scouts and Football Critics are saying that with 18 returning starters on the Gophers roster, including seniors Eric Decker and Adam Weber the Gopher football program is likely to be a strong Bowl Contender this season. The Syracuse Orange have a new head coach giving the team a young feel which should be no competition for the older more experienced Gophers.