Gophers are doing what's needed

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  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 1:23 AM

Minnesota crushed overmatched opponents, but they did learn things about their depth and discipline.

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hanson64Sep. 9, 13 8:41 AM

I think we will win some Big Ten games as well as the first four non conference games. But past history tells me we cannot match Michigan and those teams with stronger programs and traditions. That does not mean we will not get there. I do believe in the end we have every reason to be another Michigan or Ohio State. We have all he pieces in place and a wonderful Twin Cities as well.

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gooferfollySep. 9, 13 9:19 AM

Pretty funny how beating a couple Div III patsies has all the little fans excited!

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sportoguySep. 9, 13 9:36 AM

I understand. But Why not play Winona State, Mankato and Duluth. Keep the money in the state. Gophers vs. Mavericks would certainly draw more fans than We had in New Mexico. Texas high school football draws a much bigger crowd.

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tbdbitl7881Sep. 9, 1310:00 AM

I don't think even the rose-colored glasses crew sees the first two wins as anything more than just two wins. I stand by my 7-5 mark for the season, but we are going to need to see some marked improvement in many areas. From what I saw, the NMSU game was actually little more than a step sideways; normally one sees the biggest improvement between the first and second games, and I don't think the Gophers did that. There is no doubt Coach Kill and the players have improved the program already by great leaps and bounds. However, Minnesota is not being handed any small task with the scheduling for this year and the next two.

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dirtydogsSep. 9, 1310:24 AM

This is all well and good. The Gophers scheduled these patty cakes to get some wins. The Big Ten is the true test and all I am concerned with. We can not judge a teams progress against 2nd and 3rd tier talent. UNLV lost to Arizona 58-13 and New Mexico State lost to Texas 56-7 while giving up over 750 yards. Need to put things into perspective. NMS gained over 350 yards Saturday and UNLV outgained Minnesota by 100 yards. Wins are great, but when you analyze their performance, we should not get too excited. Bring on the Big Ten and then let's see if this program can play with the big boys.

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woolsey24Sep. 9, 1310:37 AM

@gooferfolly: I guess playing 5 ranked teams in the B1G isn't enough for you. You make it sound like the Gophers are the only team that plays "patsies" in non-conference. Anti-Gopher fans latch on to anything to justify their view of the program.

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woolsey24Sep. 9, 1310:44 AM

@dirtydogs: The reason why UNLV had more yards is because the Gophers scored 3 TD's on special teams. Give the Gophers a offensive possession in place of the aforementioned defensive/special teams scores, the Gophers would've most likely surpassed UNLV in offensive production. But I agree, the B1G will be a difficult challenge. Even though NMST got clobbered by Texas, it was a 14-7 score at half in that game.

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woolsey24Sep. 9, 1310:48 AM

@sportoguy: D1 teams are not allowed to play D2 teams. The Gophers can schedule FCS teams but nothing in D2.

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rdilleySep. 9, 1311:40 AM

Gophers just do not have a decent passing game. Receivers are not getting enough separation and Nelson is not an accurate enough passer...it all adds up. If Hageman is such a defensive monster, why isn't he tearing up the OL of the other teams? Why doesn't he have any sacks? Or does he have one? Running attack isn't going to cut it in the B1G either...just a fact.

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raineyrooSep. 9, 1312:25 PM

This is a 6-6 or 7-5 team, at best. They are not rolling up on opposing defenses. Nor are they shutting down the other team when they have the ball, as they gave up an average of 387 yards/game to UNLV and New Mexico State. Really? It could be worse. You could always be as bad as Purdue, Indiana, and Iowa. The true test will be in a couple of weeks, when they face a legitimate 1-2 round draft pick at QB (Fales) of SJ State. Something that no Big Ten team has had the last couple years. The only reason this team will get to a bowl game, is that the Big 10 is pretty weak. Sorry, I'm not convinced that NW or Nebraska is legitmate. I'd put the SEC, Big 12, and Pac 12 ahead of the Big 10 for conference strength.

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