Minnesota defensive back Cedric Thompson isn't impressed with U-M quarterback Devin Gardner's performance under pressure. (Jesse Johnson / Associated Press)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are coming to Michigan Stadium on Saturday, and they are not feeling the least bit overwhelmed.
It apparently doesn't faze them Michigan is a 20-point favorite to win its Big Ten opener this weekend against the Gophers and has won 21 of the last 22 meetings for the Little Brown Jug. The Gophers last beat the Wolverines in 2005.
Minnesota lost its Big Ten opener, 23-7, to Iowa last Saturday, mustering 30 yards rushing on 27 carries.
The Gophers believe that based on Michigan's showing the last two games before the bye last Saturday, the 19th-ranked Wolverines can be beaten. Michigan needed a defensive stop at the end of the game to beat Akron by four points, and struggled at UConn before winning by three points.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner has had issues this season with turnovers. Of Michigan's 12, he has accounted for 10, including eight interceptions.
"I think he kind of just panics a lot," Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "I think when he scrambles, he kind of just throws the ball."
Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman told the Tribune, "Just the fact they almost lost to Akron, they're human. Everybody praises them to be elite, and I just feel like they're a regular football team."
The Gophers started the season 4-0 before falling to Iowa. They feel that a win at Michigan will put them back in the Big Ten race.
"You can get back on the horse the next week and shock the nation," center Jon Christenson told the Star Tribune. "We can't wait to take on Michigan."