Gophers Move Up to #13 in Both Polls… and Now We Wait.

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It’s Sunday and the Vikings don’t play so we have all sorts of time to over-analyze yesterday’s Gopher victory. The victory was so dominant that we needed some controversy so Nadine Babu of The Gopher Hole started fires over student section attendance yesterday on Twitter and then I threw gas on the flames this morning with a blog.

Meanwhile, Scotty Frost is still upset about how Minnesota football players took the warm-up field vs them, before fans are allowed into the stadium. He’s upset about kids wearing hoodies, I guess? But he is wearing a hoody in that press conference… Idk, he’s a strange fellow. But like I mentioned to many who were discussing this on Twitter, we had a bunch of guys who weren’t wearing shirts at all before that cold and snowy game… so that cancels the guys who Frost was upset about, who had hoodies on, I think.

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But now, we have some new fodder (that also doesn’t really matter). The new Coaches Poll and AP Poll just dropped and the Gophers are moving on up, as expected. The now sit at #13 in each poll. Here are the polls now:

AP Poll:

  1. LSU
  2. ALABAMA
  3. OHIO STATE
  4. CLEMSON
  5. PENN STATE
  6. FLORIDA
  7. OREGON
  8. GEORGIA
  9. UTAH
  10. OKLAHOMA
  11. AUBURN
  12. BAYLOR
  13. MINNESOTA
  14. MICHIGAN
  15. SMU
  16. NOTRE DAME
  17. CINCINNATI
  18. WISCONSIN
  19. IOWA
  20. APPALACHIAN STATE
  21. BOISE STATE
  22. KANSAS STATE
  23. WAKE FOREST
  24. MEMPHIS
  25. SAN DIEGO STATE

Coaches Poll:

  1. ALABAMA
  2. LSU
  3. CLEMSON
  4. OHIO STATE
  5. PENN STATE
  6. FLORIDA
  7. GEORGIA
  8. OREGON
  9. OKLAHOMA
  10. UTAH
  11. BAYLOR
  12. AUBURN
  13. MINNESOTA
  14. SMU
  15. MICHIGAN
  16. NOTRE DAME
  17. WISCONSIN
  18. CINCINNATI
  19. IOWA
  20. APPALACHIAN STATE
  21. BOISE STATE
  22. WAKE FOREST
  23. MEMPHIS
  24. TEXAS
  25. KANSAS STATE

There are a few fun things I take from this. First, we are finally ranked higher than anyone else in the Big Ten West just BARELY. At the same time, we are by far the lowest-ranked 8-0 team in a power five conference. The top-5 have perfect records and so do the Baylor Bears (#11 in Coaches & #12 in AP) but the rest all have at least one loss. Don’t feel slighted though. The “experts” aren’t wrong about who the Gophers have played. The schedule isn’t impressive. That’s fine.

Here’s what they don’t know yet, that I do. It isn’t going to matter. The Gophers are really good, no matter the opponent. The only thing I’m upset about, is that we have to wait two weeks before we get to prove it to the nation. I don’t care if College Gameday is there or not. The Gophers are winning this game vs Penn State. Then, they’ll go to Iowa with a chance to make their own history over the last two games of the regular season.

So, while we all fodder about things that really don’t matter in the long run… everyone is really just waiting, for 13 days from now with a clenched lip, when we can open some eyes for real.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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