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    Default 2019 Golden Gophers Season Preview and Prediction: ("9 win season is on the table")

    per Athlon:

    Previewing Minnesota's Offense for 2019

    The Gophers' nine returning offensive starters are the most in the Big Ten West, and it marks the first time Fleck will return experience at quarterback.

    Sophomore QB Zack Annexstad won the job out of training camp in 2018 and started the first seven games before he was injured. Sophomore Tanner Morgan took over the rest of the way. Annexstad was 3–4 as a starter, while Morgan was 4–2. Morgan had a 147.6 passer rating to Annexstad's 117.7. Annexstad seems to be the better pure passer, while the shorter Morgan tends to create more with his legs.

    The Gophers will feature a stable of quality targets, including All-Big Ten senior Tyler Johnson, who set single-season program records of 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago. Lauded freshman Rashod Bateman impressed with 704 yards and six TDs. Tight ends Brevyn Spann-Ford and Jake Paulson could provide another layer of receiving options for a Gophers offense that has lacked any threat from the position under Fleck.

    Sophomore back Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 5.7 yards per carry and nine scores, with a Quick Lane Bowl MVP to cap his surprising year. He took a leading role after Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks went down with ACL injuries. Smith and Brooks will be back healthy in 2019, setting up a three-headed rushing attack. Together, Brooks and Smith have rushed for more than 4,000 yards and nearly 40 touchdowns.

    The Gophers' two departures come on the offensive line, and filling the left tackle spot vacated by Donnell Greene was the biggest challenge in spring practice.

    Previewing Minnesota's Defense for 2019

    Fleck fired defensive coordinator Robb Smith after his unit allowed 646 yards in a 55–31 blowout loss to lowly Illinois last November. It was the last straw after three previous Big Ten opponents put up at least 42 points and 420 total yards in blowouts. Interim DC Joe Rossi earned the job on a permanent basis after the Gophers' historic win over Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe, their first win in Madison since 1994.

    It will be interesting to see the stamp Rossi puts on the defense with a full year to prepare. The view in spring practice was a base 4-3 front, with many variations off of it.

    Last year's top two tacklers — linebacker Blake Cashman and safety Jacob Huff — are gone, but dangerous end Carter Coughlin headlines the list of six returning starters. Coughlin’s speed and pass-rush moves are tough to stop. He had a 9.5-sack season in 2018.

    Minnesota natives Thomas Barber and Kamal Martin will stabilize a linebacker corps without Cashman.

    The biggest boon is the return of safety Antoine Winfield Jr., who redshirted after a foot injury in the fourth game a year ago. The Freshman All-American in 2016 will be counted on to provide leadership in a secondary with a host of unproven players. Sophomore Terell Smith has the length, speed and early experience to now become a top cornerback.

    Defensive tackle is the most uncertain position group, with Notre Dame graduate transfer Micah Dew-Treadway set to be counted on this season. A pair of 2019 recruits, Keonte Schad and Rashad Cheney, will need to quickly acclimate to the physical demands of the Big Ten.

    Previewing Minnesota's Specialists for 2019

    Emmit Carpenter, the Gophers' most accurate placekicker ever, is gone, and a position battle will be waged between scholarship freshman Michael Lantz and UConn graduate transfer Michael Tarbutt. Senior punter Jacob Herbers punted only 51 times, the fewest in a Gophers season since 2005.

    Winfield and Demetrius Douglas each had punt returns for touchdowns last season.

    Final Analysis

    The Gophers' light nonconference schedule and easier crossover games against the Big Ten East (Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers) put a nine-win season — including the bowl game — on the table for the first time since 2016. Given Minnesota’s returning offensive production, a measure of improvement from Annexstad and/or Morgan could make this one of the top offenses in the Big Ten. If Rossi’s defense builds on a strong finish to 2018 and replaces a few key tacklers, Minnesota might have balance on both sides of the ball.

    National Ranking: 40

    https://athlonsports.com/college-foo...n-preview-2019

    Go Gophers!!


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    I feel like a nine win season doesnt jive with a national ranking of 40th. Furthermore, if the Gophers only win 9 games of a 13 game schedule, I will be greatly disappointed and could only conclude that the injury bug wrinkled our 2019 plans.

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    To start the season all the wins are on the table.

    But counting them early is really hard to know, plenty of teams count on a win from us every year too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonTXGopher View Post
    I feel like a nine win season doesnt jive with a national ranking of 40th. Furthermore, if the Gophers only win 9 games of a 13 game schedule, I will be greatly disappointed and could only conclude that the injury bug wrinkled our 2019 plans.
    Agreed. 9-3 regular season is my expectation. With a few lucky breaks, it could be magical. Get'er done Fleck & Co.

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    8-4 is my official prediction for 2019 regular season but 9-3 wouldn't surprise me and as PMW says, the potential is there for something magical. I would be mildly surprised at 7-5 (this would mean the wide open improving B1G West wouldn't play out favorably with any breaks for the Gophers). I would be very surprised at 6-6 or worse and would consider that a regression from the potential showed in 2018.

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    Athlon wants us to fail. Troll.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnauzer View Post
    8-4 is my official prediction for 2019 regular season but 9-3 wouldn't surprise me and as PMW says, the potential is there for something magical. I would be mildly surprised at 7-5 (this would mean the wide open improving B1G West wouldn't play out favorably with any breaks for the Gophers). I would be very surprised at 6-6 or worse and would consider that a regression from the potential showed in 2018.
    It's so hard to pick the last number as the Gophers have never shown themselves to be beyond a derpy game at least once per season... that means you have to pick a game to loose you really don't want to... it stinks, but it happens every year, and even to the very best teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A_Slab_of_Bacon View Post
    It's so hard to pick the last number as the Gophers have never shown themselves to be beyond a derpy game at least once per season... that means you have to pick a game to loose you really don't want to... it stinks, but it happens every year, and even to the very best teams.
    They will need to change their best in 2019 and overcome.

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    If we finish the regular season 9-3, it will be the best regular season record since 2003. The last time before 2003 that we would have had a better regular season record would be 1967 (8-2).

    Anyone that "expects" Fleck to accomplish this, especially in year 3, must think he's far and away the best coach we've had in the last 50 years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    If we finish the regular season 9-3, it will be the best regular season record since 2003. The last time before 2003 that we would have had a better regular season record would be 1967 (8-2).

    Anyone that "expects" Fleck to accomplish this, especially in year 3, must think he's far and away the best coach we've had in the last 50 years...




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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Anyone that "expects" Fleck to accomplish this, especially in year 3, must think he's far and away the best coach we've had in the last 50 years...
    Well, he's no Tracy Claeys, but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixBySix View Post
    Well, he's no Tracy Claeys, but...
    Damn it man, Galt was trying to start a brush fire, not a firestorm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonTXGopher View Post
    I feel like a nine win season doesnt jive with a national ranking of 40th. Furthermore, if the Gophers only win 9 games of a 13 game schedule, I will be greatly disappointed and could only conclude that the injury bug wrinkled our 2019 plans.
    For a program that has only won 9 or more games twice in the last 20 seasons not sure how winning only 9 games this season could be considered disappointing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scools12 View Post
    For a program that has only won 9 or more games twice in the last 114 seasons not sure how winning only 9 games this season could be considered disappointing.


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    I see about 5 should wins and then a bunch of toss ups that are impossible to predict right now. Nebraska, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State, Maryland. Is anyone going to (honestly) bet the farm on any of those? Talk is cheap. I’ll believe we’re going to go for 9+ if we roll up the non conference slate and take down Nebraska. If that dominos falls The hype train will be rolling as far as I’m concerned.

    This season could realistically go anywhere from 4 wins to 12. Percentages/stats seem to usually say we’ll stay in a +/- range of 2 vs the prior year but outlier years happen.

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