Wisconsin may be considered the favorite to win the Big Ten West Division as the regular season heads down the home stretch but the Badgers aren’t the only team that controls its own destiny. So does Minnesota. The Gophers are 4-2 and part of a three way logjam at the top of the division as they get set to visit Memorial Stadium.
‘I figured with the west teams playing five road games there was a good chance to winner would have two losses”, said Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys. “Our goal all year long was to get to the final few weeks of the season and have an opportunity to get to Indianapolis.”
Minnesota has won four straight following last Saturday’s 44-31 home victory over Purdue. Claeys says the Gophers are preparing as though they will face a Husker offense led by Tommy Armstrong. The senior quarterback is in concussion protocol after being injured in a 62-3 loss at Ohio State.
“I think you have got to prepare like he is going to play just because when you watch them play he is so important to their offense. Whether he is scrambling or extending the play with his legs or hitting the deep play action it is all centered around him.”