Don’t look now but Minnesota has the No. 4 team in the country on the ropes heading into halftime.

In the season opener between Ohio State and Minnesota, it will be the Gophers entering the break with a 14-10 lead. It has been a back-and-forth first half with PJ Fleck’s squad coming alive in the second quarter.

The game started with the Buckeyes establishing control early. Quarterback C.J. Stroud made some early throws before Miyan Williams ripped off a massive touchdown run. Ohio State would tack on a field goal to make it 10-0 in the second quarter.

That is when the Gophers woke up. Mohamed Ibrahim got the ball rolling with a huge 4th-down conversion before Tanner Morgan and Dylan Wright connected on a beautiful touchdown. Minnesota followed that up with an interception on an errant throw by Stroud and a short touchdown by Ibrahim.

At the break, Minnesota is winning the turnover battle and has almost a 7-minute lead in time of possession. Ibrahim is also over 100 yards on the ground as the Gophers continue to establish the ground game.

We still have a long ways to go in Minneapolis, but the first half went to Minnesota. So far, the Gophers are putting together some key ingredients necessary for a top-10 upset.