Gophers to face Michigan, still seeking 'defining moment'

  • Article by: Joe Christensen , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Confidence is high among U players as they prepare for Michigan, but the series’ history has been discouraging.

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hanson64Oct. 4, 1310:07 PM

Every time I hear Gopher players talk in an overconfident way I think. Where have they been the last 40 years? I hope we win but this talk reminds me of all the other losses which followed such talk. Gopher players need to study the past history. We are Minnesota.

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dunwoody64Oct. 4, 1310:41 PM

The Minnesota / Michigan football series has been disappointing from a Minnesota perspective. The real problem is leadership at Minnesota. Minnesota has won 4 football games vs Michigan since 1970. If the U of M administration cared about this it would have been addressed long ago..maybe. The reality is Minnesota is more concerned about gender equity, women's hockey, women's soccer and tiddly winks. Get ready for the beat down!

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ALANDERSA12Oct. 4, 1311:01 PM

I predict that the gophers will get blown out at MIchan and fail to win another game this year

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jimiekOct. 5, 1312:27 AM

Because of the lack of tradition here, our location and the coaching situation, the U of M will NEVER be able to recrruit top players and will remain division two status---accept that.

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notsidOct. 5, 13 1:22 AM

The "improved" local lads are 20-point underdogs. I just hope that they don't get blown out too badly today or fans will begin to show up for home games disguised as empty seats, read that, loss of needed revenue, once again.

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SonofbeachOct. 5, 13 4:52 AM

Fortunately for them the admin at Northwestern...a small, private school that plays in an old 42,000 seat stadium...with a fraction of Minn's alumni base... in a town that doesnt know they exist ... With admission standards and academic expectations far higher....didn't just accept it. Rather they hired the right coaches, supported them and have been to Rose Bowls and enjoyed 10 win seasons as recently as last year. When you turn on Gameday today notice where they are. Check out where Herbie and Brent are tonight. The difference? Their entire University community (remember, they don't represent a city, state or region) deanded and embraced success. If what is happening in Evanston today were happening in Dinkytown half the faculty, admin and regents would be embarrassed. And 75 percent of alums wouldn't bother to care. It has nothing to do with where Minnesota is. The groups that form he U community want it the way it is....or unlike Iowa, Wisconsin and Northwestern they'd change it.

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minneg56Oct. 5, 13 6:58 AM

I love the general direction Kill & Co. have taken the program after 50 years of neglect. I will say though that 'defining moment' games typically come as a'crescendo' after consistently winning against the programs you can compete with. It's true that if Gophs have taken 1 step forward- last weeks non-competitive match v. I-Hawks was 3 steps backward in the process-not becasue they didn't win but because they weren't even competitive. If there is such a thing as a 'must win' LAST week was it. Homecoming; full stadium and an egg was laid. Again I'm still a Gopher fan & a Kill fan - always will be. But I can't even see today as being the 'defining moment' game. The defining opportunity today will be for them to compete and be relevant into the 4th quartile. Competitive to me today against MI Wolves would be a 10 point loss or less and being competitive until midway into the 4th. Good Luck Gophers!

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mobydick1Oct. 5, 13 7:27 AM

ALANDER, What is your point?

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gjacobOct. 5, 13 7:50 AM

Confident? They got spanked by an unranked Iowa team a week ago. This is not going to be pretty.

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minneg56Oct. 5, 13 8:04 AM

Nile Kinnick- I won't give a thumbs down to someone who asks a question ... but where HAVE you been for the past 50 years? My guess is that if Kill was ANYWHERE but MN YOU'D probably be his biggest fan! Kill had to essentially start the program from scratch after 50 years of neglect! He's still 'bleaching the Brewster' from the program. He's had to teach 'Football 101' and teach the club how to compete. If you've ever built something it typically comes in stages; it doesn't all happen at once and guess what? There can be set backs in the process as there WAS with the game last week. Also, if you've listened to or read anything by him ... there hasn't been any lying to the public (no BS). Straight forward. As for recruiting- this is year 3. So, Kill has had 1.5-2 years of recruiting. He does have some young talent but they are raw. Did you expect he'd have brought the next Marcus Allen to campus in 2 years? As for MN Nice perhaps true enough ... I don't remember anyone ever burning a coach in effigy here! Seems that HAS happened in other Big Ten communities where the football season is considered both an intellectual endeavor and the most important cultural event of the year ... and the ONLY game in town.

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