Created: 09/06/2013 7:25 PM KSTP.com
This is the week Minnesota was originally scheduled to play at North Carolina.
Instead, the Gophers are going to New Mexico State. They spent $800,000 last year to get out of the two-game contract with the Tar Heels because coach Jerry Kill was concerned about the confidence of his young players on the road against a formidable nonconference opponent.
Minnesota can't be considering this an easy fill-in, though.
The Gophers revealed several areas in need of improvement in their 51-23 season-opening win over UNLV, for one. And, even more glaringly, they lost to the Aggies two years ago. That was Kill's first home game at Minnesota.
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