View Poll Results: What grade would you give the 2018 Gophers football season?

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  • B

    104 71.72%
  • C

    32 22.07%
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  1. #31

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    7-6 would normally be a C+ season for me, but bonus points for winning the most important trophy. Also, before we fired Robb Smith (he has looked worse and worse every game since he left), we were on track for an unmitigated F.

    B-


  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by MennoSota View Post
    The overall data says C+, but if the last two games were weighted higher, then the grade would move up to a B. Those butt-kickings we got from Maryland, Nebraska and Illinois cannot be dismissed, however.
    I think it makes perfect sense to weight the latter games higher because those games are more representative of where the team is now. One could say the same thing about Nebraska. Early in the season, they were hapless. In the latter half of the season, they were a pretty decent team.

    The Wisconsin win was historic. The bowl win wasn't just contrary to consensus expectations; the team's performance completely nuked those expectations (like the Wisconsin game). To a lesser degree, the same thing could be said about the Purdue game at the time. After Smith's departure, the team won 3 of their last 4 games and all of those wins were blowouts. Every one of those last four games featured a good-to-outstanding defensive performance (averages of 300 yards and 14.75 points per game over that stretch). What really hurt us in the NW game was losing the turnover battle 0-3.

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    Gotta go with a B+. The win over the Red team really pushed the needle. Progression of team really shows many positives for the future. Young developing team with some solid recruits coming in.


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  4. #34

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    All in all, 7-6 is about what I expected, which would normally rate a C.

    BUT ... the way the season ended -- winning 2 of the last 3 conference games (including the Wisconsin whooping) and the bowl blowout -- pushes it into B territory. I don't remember EVER feeling this positive heading into the off-season.

    JTG

  5. #35

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    Non-conference - 30% of grade - A-
    NM State (Current #131 RPI) - A-
    Fresno State (#21)- A
    Miami OH (#68) - B+

    Conference - 60% of grade - C-
    @Maryland (#72) - F
    Iowa (#29) - D
    @Ohio State (#6) - B+
    @Nebraska (#76) - F
    Indiana (#64) - C+
    @Illinois (#120) - F
    Purdue (#53) - A
    Northwestern (#30) - C+
    @Wisconsin (#40) - A

    Bowl game final - 10% of grade - A
    Georgia Tech (#57) - A

    C+ grade until...
    Extra Credit - Road Axe!
    Boosts final grade to B-

  6. #36

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    I do find it interesting that 75% GHers polled thought Gophs should have at least eight wins in the regular season, yet almost the same percentage give them a B or better.

  7. #37

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMWinSTP View Post
    I do find it interesting that 75% GHers polled thought Gophs should have at least eight wins in the regular season, yet almost the same percentage give them a B or better.
    Optimism comes from the improvement of defense and significant wins at the end of the season. Before the DC change I would bet that most GHers would have given a D.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mraveling View Post
    Non-conference - 30% of grade - A-
    NM State (Current #131 RPI) - A-
    Fresno State (#21)- A
    Miami OH (#68) - B+

    Conference - 60% of grade - C-
    @Maryland (#72) - F
    Iowa (#29) - D
    @Ohio State (#6) - B+
    @Nebraska (#76) - F
    Indiana (#64) - C+
    @Illinois (#120) - F
    Purdue (#53) - A
    Northwestern (#30) - C+
    @Wisconsin (#40) - A

    Bowl game final - 10% of grade - A
    Georgia Tech (#57) - A

    C+ grade until...
    Extra Credit - Road Axe!
    Boosts final grade to B-
    6-6 and a bowl win does not get an above average mark....Anything higher than a C+ is just being a homer.

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonTXGopher View Post
    6-6 and a bowl win does not get an above average mark....Anything higher than a C+ is just being a homer.
    B from this homer. Fleck turned it around just when it looked like the boat was sinking. I dislike the Badgers so much the Axe by itself is worth a whole letter grade.

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulligan View Post
    B from this homer. Fleck turned it around just when it looked like the boat was sinking. I dislike the Badgers so much the Axe by itself is worth a whole letter grade.
    Couldn't agree more!!

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    When earning a grade the entire body of work has to be accounted for. Obviously defeating the Badgers earns an A+ for week 12. However...the team looked really bad for a multii-game stretch in the early going on through Illinois. This is one of the most bipolar seasons I've ever witnessed as a football fan.

    Overall, with a 6 win regular season, 3 in the Big Ten, 7 overall, and a smattering of horrific, nightmare-inducing defensive performances and grading vs other programs and where we want to be I can award only an average grade of C. However, the team was well on it's way to a D and possibly F several weeks ago so there's that.

    If we're grading the last quarter of the season obviously that's a B and maybe even an A considering Wisconsin.

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    Is there any way to set up the poll so there could be + and - grades?

    I went with a B, but if I could, it would have been a B-. As nice as the finish of the season was, it cannot erase the middle portion of the season which featured some truly inept performances. If you're taking a class, you could try to ask the teacher to ignore those tests you bombed on, but I suspect they will still be factored into the overall grade.

    Of course, if we were using standards-based grading, it would be a different situation. (a little joke for anyone that follows educational issues)

  13. #43

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonTXGopher View Post
    6-6 and a bowl win does not get an above average mark....Anything higher than a C+ is just being a homer.
    Guilty as charged, however winning the Axe for the first time since I first bought season tickets in 2008 (last Metrodome season) means something more to me. Also the strong finish and the newfound defensive confidence were factors. There is no denying some moments of complete failure.

  14. #44

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    Based on preseason expectations I said A. Beat the win/loss over/under, beat a significant rival on the road, course corrected a major issue/flaw, made and won the bowl game.

    It won’t be an A next year if same results.

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    Probably should also factor in that as the youngest team in America that we were boys against men over the season...which coupled with the loss to injuries to some of the arguably most important players we'd be fielding...that should count too for some degree of grade inflation.
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