Smoke and Mirrors. Its almost that time again. 10 days from now PJ Fleck and his roster of sailors will take the field at home against Nebraska, Thursday, August 31 7pm at “The Bank.” Media and coaches poll have the Gophers finishing third in the Big Ten West behind their two biggest rivals, Wisconsin and Iowa. Minnesota has the 5th toughest schedule in the entire country.
This is the final year of traditional east vs west divisions. Next year, USC and UCLA will be joining the conference, and the Big Ten Championship will be the top two teams in the conference regardless of what division they are in. Michigan is the highest ranked team in the Big Ten to start the season, at #2 in the country, and Ohio State is ranked #3. Wisconsin is the highest ranked team in the west division at #19.
Here is the schedule. The official over/under is 7.5 wins. I think they can get to 7 wins in the regular season and qualify for another no name bowl game, and perhaps win that. PJ Fleck has yet to beat Iowa while he has been head coach at the Gophers.
at North Carolina
at Ohio State