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    Default Illinois: Another HUGE Game

    Okay, we're 4-0. We can debate whether we've looked great or mediocre getting here, but we are objectively, undeniably 4-0... and that's the best record we could possibly have at this point.

    Since Morgan took over, this Gopher team has gone 8-2, including beating the Badgers in Madison and a bowl win. Let that sink in for a moment.

    With the Nebraska game having been picked as a late game, the dominoes are falling into place perfectly.

    We have to beat Illinois. We don't have to dominate, but we have to win this game. If we do, we'll be 5-0 (2-0 in the B1G) and we'll be set up for great things as we head into the Nebraska tilt.

    They can prove they're different from past Gopher squads when they were in similar situations if they refuse to 'spit the bit'!

    Win this game, fellas!
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    Fleck should be reminding them everyday about last years game. It felt like they overlooked them last year. That can’t happen again.

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    Legends are born not bred...

    Why not us? Why not now?

    Illinois is the next domino...
    Row The Boat & Ski U Mah!

    In Fleck We Trust!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BilldGopher View Post
    Legends are born not bred...

    Why not us? Why not now?

    Illinois is the next domino...
    Agree Billd, but I don’t like seeing all of the Nebraska conversations on this board. Illinois took us to the woodshed last year and this week feels the same way it did last year. Many on here felt we should win in Champagne and we got blown out. Illinois will have had two weeks to prepare for us so I hope PJ has the guys more focused and ready than some on here.

    One game at a time folks.....and Illinois deserves our complete attention.


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    Have we had a B1G game.....or any game that wasn't huge?


    I guess maybe the years we weren't going to to get to 6 wins...

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    If defense gives up 200 yards in 1st quarter on ground again, ye gods


    I don't think we'll win easy, but I do think we'll win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by U2Gopher View Post
    Agree Billd, but I don’t like seeing all of the Nebraska conversations on this board. Illinois took us to the woodshed last year and this week feels the same way it did last year. Many on here felt we should win in Champagne and we got blown out. Illinois will have had two weeks to prepare for us so I hope PJ has the guys more focused and ready than some on here.

    One game at a time folks.....and Illinois deserves our complete attention.
    We can look forward as much or as little as we want. Nothing that any of us do on this message board has any bearing on the outcomes of games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkAz View Post
    Fleck should be reminding them everyday about last years game. It felt like they overlooked them last year. That can’t happen again.
    It was clear the defensive scheme had a lot to do with that game. I don't think they overlooked Illinois. I think the DC lost the confidence of the players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpodoll68 View Post
    We can look forward as much or as little as we want. Nothing that any of us do on this message board has any bearing on the outcomes of games.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpodoll68 View Post
    We can look forward as much or as little as we want. Nothing that any of us do on this message board has any bearing on the outcomes of games.
    Thanks for posting this.

    If I want to discuss a game next year, I can. I don’t play for the Gophers

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    Very true. Can't go overlooking Illinois because we play Nebraska soon, the same way we can't overlook Rutgers or Maryland with a big game with Penn State later. Every game counts. Focus on taking down Illinois and adding another beautiful tally to the win column.
    You guys are playing like this is some throw away game up in Rochester.

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    I feel Illinois is so much more important than only the win. This was the game the Gophers gave up a million yards and points to what was a bottom tier team. Got the D coach fired and paved the way to a good end of the season and lot of hope and expectations going into this year. This is the measuring stick due to that (until the next one comes up of course). If the Gophs can show marked improvement on defense I think there will be a lot more believers about the ability of this team. We need to trust the coaching staff will have the D prepared and able to tackle. The offense should easily put up over 30, unless the Gopher defense can't stop Illinois, then over 40, but this game and the Purdue games are where we see what we have. Relegated to lower tier, or up to middle tier. Later worry about upper tier, but for this week do the job put in front of them. Gets back to Coach Fleck talking about earning respect and they can only do that one week at a time. They beat Purdue already, now go beat Illinois and change perception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by U2Gopher View Post
    Agree Billd, but I don’t like seeing all of the Nebraska conversations on this board. Illinois took us to the woodshed last year and this week feels the same way it did last year. Many on here felt we should win in Champagne and we got blown out. Illinois will have had two weeks to prepare for us so I hope PJ has the guys more focused and ready than some on here.

    One game at a time folks.....and Illinois deserves our complete attention.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mkAz View Post
    Fleck should be reminding them everyday about last years game. It felt like they overlooked them last year. That can’t happen again.
    Regardless of why they sh*t the bed against Illinois last year, that result is one reason I think it's a lot less likely to happen again this year. I think we see them play a pretty sharp game on Saturday
    - Respect is the ultimate currency

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    This game has had me a bit worried for a while - a trap game before Nebraska. We're pretty healthy, and after last year we should be motivated and focused, and I definitely think we have the better team. Sure hope it works out that way...

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