Golden Gophers Prepare For The Trojans Of USC, How Ugly Will It Be?

Tim MeehanCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 27: Target Field before an exhibition game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on March 27, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bulldogs defeated the Gophers 9-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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The only question Minnesota Golden Gophers fans are asking right now is when will Tim Brewster be fired.  But there are some other questions to ask, like how bad the Gophers could possibly lose.

After giving up over 300 yards through the air it is very apparent they need some help in the secondary.  Where that help will come from is any ones guess.  They also gave up another 81 yards rushing to South Dakota quarterback Dante Warren.  Warren combined for five of the Coyotes six touchdowns, two rushing and three throwing.

So far this season the Gophers have not played well.  They escaped from Murfreesboro, Tennessee with a 24-17 win and the only reason for that was Duane Bennett's ability to keep the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders offense off the field by rushing for 187 yards.

That strategy didn't work against the Coyotes, and you add that to Gophers' receivers dropping the ball left and right and you have a stagnant offense that isn't going to get much done.

So what is going to happen when the Gophers face the Trojans?  It is going to be ugly.  Very, very ugly.  The Trojans defense is bigger, stronger, and faster than that of the Coyotes so you can bet the running game against them won't be very effective.  That means that the Gophers' receivers had better learn to catch a pass, and fast.

There is some good news for the Gophers though.  The Trojans Matt Barkley has not looked very sharp.  While his stats so he is doing fairly well, the game tape would say otherwise.

But after what we saw out of the Gophers secondary last week this game might be just what Barkley needs to jump start his season and refine his play before the Trojans head to Washington State the following week.

Coach Brewster had better hope his players remember how to play the game, because obviously he can't coach them to be any better.