With the 2016 season to begin tomorrow night in prime time at TCF Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Gophers take on the Oregon State Beavers.  

Mitch Leidner

The schedule this season is certainly favorable compared to last year.  There's no TCU, no Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State.  Which means more pressure to finish 8-4 or 9-3.  Anything less would have to be considered disappointing.

It all starts with a must win for Tracy Claeys against last year's Pac-Ten doormat, Oregon State which finished 2-10.  This will not be a sure win by any means.

Golden Gopher safety Kunle Ayinde (KOON-lay eye-IN-day) says the O-S-U offense will spread the field and the safeties will have to play disciplined football to help stop the Beavers.

With that in mind the Gophers win 35-27, but don't take that to the bank.

The coverage begins at 7 o'clock Thursday night with Mike Grimm and Rochester's Darrell Thompson calling the action on NewsTalk 1340 KROC AM.