Minnesota Football Preview: Staff Predictions

We've survived a full week of Gophers football talk. I know… How did you do it. The secret: START DRINKING HEAVILY and not stopping…. (no we don't encourage such boorish behavior, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do to get through week's like this, right?) O.K., so talking Gophers football wasn't really that bad. 

In fact it was rather enlightening to be honest with you. This will be a team I'm keeping an eye on come the early part of the Big Ten schedule to be sure. That said, let us dive into exactly how our staff see's this season playing out. 

Andy (Managing Editor): The Gophers are going to be better w/o MarQueis Gray… Those are words I didn't expect to be uttering just a few short years ago, but it's true as we head into 2013. Phillip Nelson will be a capable QB (despite some bad numbers last season) and that's due to a much more experienced line in front of him and a better running game. Ironically though, I don't see this team having a better record and that's because I feel a slip up could come in the non-conference slate against San Jose State. In conference will be a hard go again, but I expect at least one road win and a win over Iowa to bring back a trophy to the empty case at TCF Bank Stadium. However, I also wouldn't be surprised to see this team come away with 8 wins either – there are some massive swing games on the schedule and the history of Jerry Kill tells me this is the year he makes a big move. I just don't see it happening as we sit here in June though.
Prediction: 5-7, 2-6 B1G – 5th in Legends

Will (MSU Staff Writer): Well the good news is that Minnesota has the opportunity to win 6 games and go bowling if they win the games that they should. The bad news is that they face 6 of the top 7 B1G teams from a year ago, making their out of conference schedule extremely important. If they do not come into the B1G season with 4 wins, I do not see this team making it to six wins. Blame the schedule makers, blame whoever you want, but on paper it doesn't look like Minnesota will have a good year. Good thing for them is that the games are not played on paper, what are you made of Minny?
Prediction: 5-7, 2-6 B1G – 5th in Legends

Nate (Editor Emeritus): Minnesota is a team moving in the right direction. That is first and foremost. However, I can't see this being the year that they make the big leap. The talent level just isn't quite where it needs to be, in my opinion. But, this year is still an important one. As far as I see it, the Golden Gophers have the opportunity to prove that they can consistently be a bowl-eligible team. Showing the ability to maintain a level of success without slipping back into the bowels of the conference after one marginally good year will help gain the trust of fans, boosters, and recruits alike. This, in and of itself should not be a tall order considering a measly six wins does this trick. Yet Minnesota has not made back-to-back bowl appearances since the 2008-09 campaigns. I have the Gophers sneaking into their second consecutive bowl game, but it won't be pretty.
Prediction: 6-6, 2-6 B1G – 5th in Legends

Cole (staff writer): 5-7, 1-7 B1G – 5th in Legends

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com