The B1G Conference released schedules for the 2020 season today. And an initial look at the Gophers’ schedule shows one very important 4 game stretch to start the year.
The Gophers start on the road against Michigan State. Even though the Spartans don’t pack the punch they once did they are still going to be a tough opening test especially on the road. After that the Gophers host Michigan, Iowa and then play Wisconsin on the road to close out September.
That 4 game stretch will make or break the season. If the Gophers start off slow, and you could expect they will need time to adjust after Rashad Bateman opted out for the season, their season could be lost before it even gets going.
The schedule after that is an absolute cakewalk. Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern and Maryland are all teams the Gophers should beat on paper. But again, if the Gophers start their season 2-2 or 1-3, it won’t matter how they finish it. A strong start is paramount for PJ Fleck and the Gophers. Here’s hoping they can do just that.
Whether or not the season is even played is another question entirely. Uconn announced today that they have cancelled their football season. This could be the first of many dominoes to fall. The NCAA is in a tough spot as it is with not being able to offer concrete guidance to all of their member schools. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ll just take things one day at a time until we know more.
After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that @UConnFootball will not compete on the gridiron this season. https://t.co/R5dLlnFNo9— UConn Huskies (@UConnHuskies) August 5, 2020
Seth Toupal | Minnesota Sports Fan