I think it's just a lazy prediction. When in doubt, just pick the historical status quo. Of course, they make an exception for Nebraska. After all, eventually they have to have a good team, right?Such a weird prediction. Yes, Minnesota lost some great players to the NFL, but they also return a ton of production and NFL talent. It's not like all the stars aligned and 2019 was a once in a decade team. Odd.
Agree for the most part with your take on this as these National publications aren't doing a deep dive. Assuming however that the order Sid listed the teams is the order of predicted finish, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Gophers the Nebraska pick is the one that just doesn't make sense.the outside observers look at the Gophers and they see the following:
Graduated (or lost to the NFL) the #1 RB and a top reserve RB
Lost one of the top two WR's
Lost the best defensive player and leader of the secondary.
Lost two starting LB's and two DE's
And they say - "Gophers likely to take a step backwards with the talent they lost.
You have to realize - the people writing these articles are not spending hours pouring through the depth charts for every team and researching the back-up players.
These are "Readers Digest" style profiles of the teams, done quickly to meet deadlines. So they rely heavily on conventional wisdom.
And conventional wisdom on the Gophers is that, until they do it again, they could be a one-season wonder.
Respect is earned. When the Gophers put together two or three seasons in a row like 2019 (or close to 2019), then the national mags will look at the program differently. One good season does not erase decades of average or below-average performance.
The so called expert prognosticators don't see the robustness of the rest of the team that PJ Fleck has quietly been building. I still think the Gophers Defense will surprise. The Offense is still loaded and is reloading, and new faces may surprise the Big Ten.Agree for the most part with your take on this as these National publications aren't doing a deep dive. Assuming however that the order Sid listed the teams is the order of predicted finish, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Gophers the Nebraska pick is the one that just doesn't make sense.
Putting a team that hasn't cracked .500 in the past 3 years and finished in the top 25 since 2012 as the number 2 pick in the division just doesn't make sense. Nebraska still has this hold on people that is not backed up by what they are doing on the field.
I could totally understand someone picking us 3rd behind Wisconsin and Iowa and obviously it is all worthless filler at this point anyway, still, 4th is too low for a team coming off an 11-2 season.