And you still won't be able to park anywhere near the stadium.
I mean "battle tested" in the sense that they've been in some difficult games and they've won them all. Their strength of schedule is not great, obviously.
What sort of person am I if I make Mr. T cry? I should find something else to do with my time.
I can't believe you found somebody who makes more parenthetical comments than I do. I gotta step up my game ...
(I kid, I kid, complex sentences are what separate the writers from the poseurs.)
I don't see any chance the Gophers make the playoff. The championship game is a little more believable. I spent most of the 90s in Minnesota; preening and front-running is what their sports fans do best. It's just going to make Fleck's inevitable departure for whatever the SEC equivalent of Michigan State is all that much more painful/delicious.
I can see Minnesota winning 10 games with its schedule and making a New Year's Day bowl game. That would make Fleck irresistible to some Southern AD with a rock in the shoe of his career.
You really think somebody's going to make it into field goal range, huh?
I was wondering if anyone would catch that. Hello, my name is Mark, and I'm still stuck in the 90s.
Trust me, I am NOT thinking about it.
CORRECTION: Minnesota plays Northwestern in Evanston. Still true that the Gophers won't be seriously tested until November.
Thank you (and everyone else) so much for the kind words. I don't know if Carolina would actually take Fleck but Lou Holtz has already blazed the Gophers-to-Gamecocks trail. Fleck would just be skipping over the intermediate "win a national championship at Notre Dame" step.
I think if Peej won 8 or 9 games (which is doable; 4-0 already, Ill Annoy today, then Nebraska, at Rutgers, and hosting Maryland, with jNWU coming to town in late November) he'd be on a lot of radars. I don't know where the openings will be after this season, though (Rutgers and Illinois excepted). That he is an ambitious climber who won't be satisfied at Minnesota forever is pretty obvious.
If you think about it, Ohio State is the only program not to go through a fallow period any time in the past four or five decades. Remember Alabama before Saban or Oklahoma before Stoops?
Given the low number of conference games thus far, I'll go with "strong on defense" for now.
Northwestern has scored 62 points this season and allowed 68. That sounds like a very low points-allowed total but it is actually mid-pack in the Big Ten. To date none of jNWU's games have been high-scoring, so it's not crazy to think this one won't be either. But last weekend notwithstanding, Nebraska has been pretty good about scoring points.So that's probably it. But don't take gambling advice from me, I've never even matched one Powerball number.
"Penn State, close for a while, until it isn't."
Aged like fine milk, that one did.
I always tell you which team I think is going to win in the last line of the writeup.