Gophers Football: 5 Keys to Beating Syracuse

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Gophers Football: 5 Keys to Beating Syracuse
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Here are the keys for the University of Minnesota against Syracuse: 1. Third downs: Quarterback Max Shortell has played an entire game just once for the Gophers, in a 58-0 loss at Michigan last year. And the offense was 0 for 11 on third-down conversions. Syracuse (1-2) is hardly Michigan, and Shortell seems better able to handle stepping in for the injured MarQueis Gray this time.

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