The Michigan-Minnesota game is shaping up to be just another game. The teams do play for the Little Brown Jug, but generally there's not too much excitement that surrounds this game. The rivalry has been fairly one-sided, as the Wolverines have won 20 of the past 21 games. That hasn't stopped the Golden Gophers from feeling confident about themselves, though.

Despite being a 20-point underdog the Golden Gophers feel they have as good of a shot as anyone to knock off the unbeaten Wolverines. After narrow wins over Akron and Connecticut, they feel the Wolverines are ripe for the pickings.

“Just the fact they almost lost to Akron, they’re human,” Gophers defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman said. “You know what I mean? Everybody praises them to be elite, and I just feel like they’re a regular football team. You just have to come with your A-game, but that’s how you approach every game.”

To add a little spice to the game, Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner "panics a lot" when he gets pressured.

“I think he kind of just panics a lot,” he said. “I think that when he scrambles, he kind of just throws the ball.”

I'm sure those words will make it back to Ann Arbor. Hopefully for the Wolverines, it'll be a little incentive to bring their best this Saturday. If not, they could find themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

This article was written by Chris Edwards. Follow him on Twitter here and read more of his work here


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