CBS: Predicting Big Ten win totals (Minnesota: 9-3, 6-3; "Gophers will prove in 2020 that last season wasn't a fluke")

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per CBS:

Minnesota (9-3, 6-3)
  • Wins: FAU, Tennessee Tech, Iowa, BYU, at Maryland, Michigan, at Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern
  • Losses: at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, at Nebraska
  • Analysis: Minnesota is capable of winning 10 games again this year. It has a QB who might be a first-round draft pick next spring and talent spread across the roster. Nine wins seems more likely, however, due to a schedule that has the Golden Gophers playing both Wisconsin and Nebraska on the road. Michigan State on the road won't be easy, either. Still, whether they win eight, nine or 10 games, the Gophers will prove in 2020 that last season wasn't a fluke.

Go Gophers!!
 

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With how Michigan State and Nebraska played last year? I'm not sure I see those as for sure losses, but they are toward the end of the season, so we'll have a better picture by then. I'd be more worried about Iowa and Michigan right now, if not just because those are trophy games and trophy games seem to sometimes defy all logic.
 

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Nebraska predicted to be 7-5 (4-5). Because I know you were wondering.

Also has Wisconsin tied at the top with us at 8-4 (6-3), but they would take the division with the h2h win.
 

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per CBS:

Minnesota (9-3, 6-3)
  • Wins: FAU, Tennessee Tech, Iowa, BYU, at Maryland, Michigan, at Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern
  • Losses: at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, at Nebraska
  • Analysis: Minnesota is capable of winning 10 games again this year. It has a QB who might be a first-round draft pick next spring and talent spread across the roster. Nine wins seems more likely, however, due to a schedule that has the Golden Gophers playing both Wisconsin and Nebraska on the road. Michigan State on the road won't be easy, either. Still, whether they win eight, nine or 10 games, the Gophers will prove in 2020 that last season wasn't a fluke.

Go Gophers!!
I know it's fun (and difficult) to predict outcomes many months in advance, but...

 

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per CBS:

Minnesota (9-3, 6-3)
  • Wins: FAU, Tennessee Tech, Iowa, BYU, at Maryland, Michigan, at Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern
  • Losses: at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, at Nebraska
  • Analysis: Minnesota is capable of winning 10 games again this year. It has a QB who might be a first-round draft pick next spring and talent spread across the roster. Nine wins seems more likely, however, due to a schedule that has the Golden Gophers playing both Wisconsin and Nebraska on the road. Michigan State on the road won't be easy, either. Still, whether they win eight, nine or 10 games, the Gophers will prove in 2020 that last season wasn't a fluke.

Go Gophers!!
Yeah the losses to Nebraska and Michigan State don't make sense. I get that their both away games, but I see Iowa and Michigan as tougher games than Nebraska and Michigan State even though we get them at home.

I will say, I think at Wisconsin is our toughest regular season game this year. They had a great season this past year, and us breaking the losing streak 2 years ago seems to have re-ignited the rivalry a bit.
 

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If we win the 9 they predict we win...we will be 11-1 minimum.
Michigan State is going to be awful and Nebraska May have an interim coach after a 5 game losing streak drops them to 4-7.
 

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Every offseason Nebraska’s rep resets to 1997.
 

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Nebraska is going to be a much more difficult game than people think. Doesn't SP have it as a loss as well?
 

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per CBS:

Minnesota (9-3, 6-3)
  • Wins: FAU, Tennessee Tech, Iowa, BYU, at Maryland, Michigan, at Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern
  • Losses: at Wisconsin, at Michigan State, at Nebraska
  • Analysis: Minnesota is capable of winning 10 games again this year. It has a QB who might be a first-round draft pick next spring and talent spread across the roster. Nine wins seems more likely, however, due to a schedule that has the Golden Gophers playing both Wisconsin and Nebraska on the road. Michigan State on the road won't be easy, either. Still, whether they win eight, nine or 10 games, the Gophers will prove in 2020 that last season wasn't a fluke.

Go Gophers!!
This writer has Nebraska beating Cincinnati, Minnesota and Penn State. Not convinced, myself...
 

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I know this is an unusual comment, but a 9-3 prediction=Dink!
Yes.

If we go 9-3, I'll be merely okay with it... perhaps even slightly disappointed.

I'm expecting great things. After 11-2, with Morgan and Bateman and Mo and the entire offensive line returning, 9-3 would feel like a little bit of a letdown.
 

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Losing at Nebraska LOOOLLLLLLLL

So putting that in the win column, as is obviously correct, that puts us at another 10-2 year. Nice!

Like the Iowa and Michigan home wins. Sucks to lose two tough games on the road, but that's life in the Big Ten when you aren't Ohio State.
 

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Yes.

If we go 9-3, I'll be merely okay with it... perhaps even slightly disappointed.

I'm expecting great things. After 11-2, with Morgan and Bateman and Mo and the entire offensive line returning, 9-3 would feel like a little bit of a letdown.
Well...9-3 will be 10-3 after the bowl game.
 

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Michigan State was mediocre last season, and Dantonio is gone. They'll be making a big transition, and doing it with truncated offseason preparations due to COVID.
 
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Nebraska is going to be a much more difficult game than people think. Doesn't SP have it as a loss as well?
I think people think Nebraska will be a tough game but not unwinnable.
I view it the same way I viewed Purdue last year.
 

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9-3 breaking in a huge chunk of new starters on defense would be impressive. With games against Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin all fairly early in the year, I tend to think the defensive inexperience could be tougher to overcome
 

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FAU is a game that scares me hopefully not as close as Fresno last year
 

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Clearly will have to be better at the beginning of the season than what we were last year. Iowa and Wisconsin are the two teams I'm worried about. Can't have let downs from week to week or we'll have issues.
 

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Michigan State was mediocre last season, and Dantonio is gone. They'll be making a big transition, and doing it with truncated offseason preparations due to COVID.
True.

Looking at our away games, other than Wisconsin they don't really seem dangerous on paper.

But since we're not Ohio State, I think you have to figure on losing at least one away game and probably one home game. And possibly one of those being one you don't expect.

Like possibly the Northwestern home game, if they improve a bunch (which tends to happen for NW, sudden improvements when they get the right players).

Of course, Iowa and Michigan home games relatively early in the season, I'm not sure if that helps or hurts.
 
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