In a sport like college football where you have to recruit players, we always want to be as highly ranked as possible. That's how we are able to keep this boat going. Who cares about being too close to the sun this year, let's get to the point where the media considers us as actual title contenders.
My minor pet peeve on this phrase is that Minnesota didn't even play 9 games in many seasons. A better comparison in my mind is that they are 6-0 in the conference for the first time since 1961."At the least, the Gophers are in the running for the Rose Bowl. P.J. Fleck is thinking bigger after beating Penn State for one of the biggest wins in program history. Minnesota is 9-0 for the first time since ... 1904. One of three undefeated teams to be a top 10 team. The others are Ohio State and LSU. Yeah, the Gophers deserve to be here."
Right. Kind of irks me as well. At least after this year that streak will have been broken. I'm sure that many teams have similar streaks. Hell....some teams probably have never been 9-0.My minor pet peeve on this phrase is that Minnesota didn't even play 9 games in many seasons. A better comparison in my mind is that they are 6-0 in the conference for the first time since 1961.
Probably some truth to this. For many of us “older” folk, the Rose Bowl was the goal, the dream, the crowning jewel. The CFP is very recent, and less “tangible”. Does the CFP have a Rose Parade?Well 40% of the fan base is praying we lose at some point so we can play in the Rose Bowl.
That thought is from someone who has compared best wins and best losses who actually looked at Minnesota's resume vs just their name.I just heard a discussion on ESPNU Radio about how the CFP Committee should have us ranked higher than Alabama and Georgia. WOW! Just to have Minnesota mentioned in the same sentence with these teams is incredible and a testament to how far we have come as a program. I hope PJ has this team razor focused on Iowa. Keep the boat moving guys!!
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Agree.That thought is from someone who has compared best wins and best losses who actually looked at Minnesota's resume vs just their name.
I thought the best thing PJ said (as with much of his speech directed at the “journalists” in front of him) was (paraphrased) we have to let go of what happened 50 years ago /40/30/20/10 - this is a new era, new expectations etc.As a long-time Gopher fan - let me explain some people's attitudes.
We are indoctrinated by years of experience to always think the worst is about to happen. have a big lead at halftime....waiting for the 2nd-half collapse. Start the season 7-1......wait for the team to fall apart when they face the big boys at the end of the season.
So when we see the Gophers playing really well and getting national acclaim, we're really happy. BUT - at the same time, that little voice is still whispering in the back of our ear......."These are the Gophers you're talking about......They'll screw it up......They always screw it up......"
It's like you are wishing for a new bike for Christmas....and you wind up getting socks and underwear. Gopher fans are indoctrinated to not ask for too much or hope for too much, because we've had our hopes crushed so many times. So when people are talking about the CFP and National championships, that little voice is saying......"don't get too cocky or too happy......the football Gods will never let the Gophers win it all......."
That little voice is a b*stard. I want to tell him to go f*ck himself, but even if I believe in the Gophers 99%, there is still that 1% of doubt.
Eye test meaning, when you use your eyes, can you read the word "Georgia" or "Alabama" on the uniform.Get ready to hear this phrase a LOT during and after this week's CFP: Eye Test.
"Yes, Minnesota may have a better resume, but Alabama and Georgia are better based on the eye test."