Tonight the Gophers will kick-off the third season of the Jerry Kill era with a night game at TCF Bank Stadium against the University of Nevada Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels. The Gophers open the season with four of the first five games on the schedule at home including tonights opener, the first game at home to start a season in the five-year history of the building. The game will be a rematch from last year’s opener in Las Vegas as Minnesota came out on top in a triple overtime thriller. Kick-off tonight is set for 6:06 p.m.
Other College FB Action
The college football season kicks off Thursday night across the country, including a pair of top-25 teams. Number-six South Carolina, with the highest preseason ranking ever for the Gamecocks, plays host to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Steve Spurrier’s team is coming off an impressive 11-2 record and an Outback Bowl win over Michigan. Later, the 24th-ranked USC Trojans will begin the post-Matt Barkley era as they head to Hawaii to battle the Rainbow Warriors. Hawaii is led by Norm Chow, the former USC offensive coordinator. The Trojans, guided by Lane Kiffin, are coming off a disappointing 7-6 mark last season and a loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.