Minnesota and Middle Tennessee play in a nonconference game on Saturday, Sept. 16. The two teams last met in the 2014 season. Minnesota will be wearing special Gopher helmets in the game. The Gophers are 2-0 going into Saturday’s game.
Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Minnesota-Middle Tennessee game time, details
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
Location: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
Weather: Temperature in the low-80s with party cloudy skies
The line: Minnesota -10.5
What TV channel is showing Minnesota-Middle Tennessee?
Minnesota and Middle Tennessee are playing on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Minnesota-Middle Tennessee online?
Minnesota and Middle Tennessee can be watched online with BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Minnesota-Middle Tennessee on the radio?
Minnesota-Middle Tennessee will be on KFAN 100.3 FM for Gophers fans in Minneapolis. Blue Raiders fans can listen on 92.3, 104.9, 97.5, 102.5, 94.9/95.1 FM, 1450 AM, 100.5/101.9 FM and TUNEIN.
Minnesota-Middle Tennessee preview, keys to game
The Gophers and first-year coach P.J. Fleck are 2-0 after beating Buffalo, 17-7, and winning at Oregon State, 48-14, the first two weeks. Minnesota’s 48 points against the Beavers were the most points scored on the road since putting up 49 against Northwestern in 1980. Now Minnesota is only one win away from sweeping their three nonconference games for the second year in a row.
Rhoda has passed for 334 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception this season. The rushing attack is led by the 1-2 tandem of Rodney Smith (168 yards, 1 TD) and Shannon Brooks (160 yards, 4 TDs). Smith is four yards away from 2,000 yards in his career, which would make him only the 14th Minnesota player to reach the milestone. Stopping the running back duo could be the biggest challenge for the Blue Raiders.
Through two games, Minnesota is averaging 32.5 points per game while allowing only 10.5 points per game. The Gophers have been stingy on the ground, giving up only 65.5 yards per contest, though teams have only 48 attempts.
Minnesota to wear special helmet against Middle Tennessee on Saturday
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) September 13, 2017
Middle Tennessee is 1-1 after losing to Vanderbilt (28-6) and beating Syracuse (30-23).
The Blue Raiders depend on the passing attack, as QB Brent Stockstill has 435 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions through two games. His favorite target is WR Richie James, who has 18 catches for 208 yards and 2 scores.
Saturday’s game is the third meeting between the Gophers and the Blue Raiders. In the first meeting in 2010, Minnesota won 24-7 on the road. In the next meeting, the Gophers won 35-24 in 2014 at home.
This will be Middle Tennessee’s third consecutive game against a Power 5 team to start the season after meeting Vanderbilt (SEC) and Syracuse (ACC). The Blue Raiders’ win at Syracuse is the second against a Power 5 school the past two years. In 2016, Middle Tennessee won at Missouri, 51-45.
Middle Tennessee is led by Rick Stockstill, father of the team’s starting quarterback. In his 12th season as the Blue Raiders coach, Stockstill is 73-67.
Though Fleck is in his first year with the Gophers, he’s on one of the best runs in the country. Fleck is 22-3 in his last 25 games, with only Nick Saban at Alabama and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney having better records.