Hartman: 4-0 start brings optimism to Gophers

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 22, 2013 - 12:01 AM

You would have to go back to when Glen Mason was coach to find a time when the state will be as excited about a Gophers football game as it will be for the home contest with Iowa next weekend.

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ladykasSep. 21, 13 7:05 PM

For those that are complaining that the Gophers are 4-0 only because they have played a weak schedule, keep in mind that in the past they would have lost many of these games, as well.

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kinnickSep. 21, 13 7:34 PM

Sid,your doing it again--the Gophers have played as Kill planned 4 patsies,they have beaten no one! The game is a sell out because half the stadium will be Iowa fans. Sid I work with a large group of men that are football fans and come Monday hardly a one will know they won. The only reason they will notice next week is because I'm from Iowa!!

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pazalunaSep. 21, 13 7:40 PM

Nobody is complaining that the team is 4-0. People are just making the observation that this team would not be 4-0 against some "real" opponents. The offensive coaches might want to be careful about the running QB stuff. That many rushing attempts will get multiple QBs killed over the course of 8 Big Ten games. Also, after watching this team in person today, this team is 2-6 in Big Ten play...at best. You know, like last year, and the year before that, and 2 years before that. 2-6 in the Big Ten is pretty much a staple of the Jerry Kill era.

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dlfriesenSep. 21, 13 7:41 PM

Kinnick ... just a brief refresher for you ... San Jose State was 11-2 last year.

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deepsixSep. 21, 13 7:56 PM

Nothing against Leidner, but until he can pass for 175 yards and run for 75 yards in one game, I think we still don't know who is going to develope into the #1 QB and beat Big Ten teams.

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Geezer1976Sep. 21, 13 8:06 PM

Normally I am pretty cynical about the Gophers. But this year I am excited. They seem to be getting it together and turning things around. Go Gophers.

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kinnickSep. 21, 13 8:10 PM

dlfriesen--I could have sworn the Gopher's played them today not in 2012!c'on you can do better than that!

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hopsingSep. 21, 13 8:24 PM

Nicknack: how did that NIU game turn out? You were playing against Jerry's kids. Wait until Kill has 4 year's of recruiting.

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kinnickSep. 21, 13 8:47 PM

Jerry's kid's?? NIU lost 2 games last year and one was to Iowa. This years team could hardly be called 'Jerry's'kids as he's been gone 3 years. Do your homework hopsing!

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BCanniffSep. 21, 13 9:11 PM

I'll get excited if they beat Iowa convincingly, which they should at home. Can't tell how good or bad this team is yet given the poor level of competition.

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