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Minnesota Golden Gophers 2014 opponent profile: San Jose State

The Minnesota Golden Gophers conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule against the San Jose State Spartans at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule against the San Jose State Spartans at TCF Bank Stadium.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers concluded their non-conference schedule in 2014 with a home game against the San Jose Spartans.

2013 Record: 6-6 (5-3 Mountain West Conference)

2013 Offensive Statistics: 32.4 points scored per game, 493.2 total offensive yards per game, 137.3 rushing yards per game, 355.9 passing yards per game, 22 turnovers, 21 sacks allowed

2013 Defensive Statistics: 35.1 points allowed per game, 459.2 total offensive yards allowed per game, 214.6 rushing yards allowed per game, 244.7 passing yards allowed per game, 17 turnovers forced, 18 sacks

Head Coach: Ron Caragher (50-28 in seven seasons as a head coach, 6-6 in one season at San Jose State)

Key Offensive Players: RB Jarrod Lawson, WR Tyler Winston

Key Defensive Players: DE Sean Bacon, CB Dasheon Frierson, DE Isaiah Irving, LB Christian Tago

Outlook: The Spartans gave the Gophers a test in the first half of their meeting last season. The Gophers pulled away in second for a 19-point victory.

This time around bodes better for the Gophers. They are trending upward while the Spartans took a step back last season.

The Spartans lost five more games in 2013 than they did 2012 and failed to make a bowl game (even though they had a .500 record). They were a streaky team last season with three streaks of three or more wins/losses. They finished the season winning one of their last four games, including two losses at home.

The Gophers should head into the conference portion of their schedule with no fewer than three wins. An undefeated 4-0 mark is easily attainable with a game at Texas Christian University posing as the most difficult game.