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Daily Nugs 12.29.2009

Golden Gopher Football Blog discusses the Brewster extension at this link:

When does a record of 6-18 in the Big Ten and 0-9 in trophy games start to matter? If there's little to no buyout, Maturi will show that on-field results DO matter, and that 2010 is a make or break year. If Brewster somehow weasels his way into a hefty buyout and continues to stink it up on the field, then we would have a much larger issue than just a football coach who can talk the talk but cannot walk the walk- we'd have an AD who doesn't know the difference between the two.

The Gophers are currently favored by 2.5 points for the Insight Bowl.

Another blog previews the Insight Bowl at this link:

Minnesota is inept on offense, enough said. They do not rank about 80th in any major offensive category. Overall, Minnesota only averages 295.83 yards, good for 113th in NCAA FBS. They can't score either, only averaging 21.58 points a game (98th in NCAA FBS). Their top receiving target, Senior WR Eric Decker, has 50 catches for 758 yards and five touchdowns. He also hasn't played since getting injured in their game against Ohio State. Junior QB Adam Weber has struggled mightily, throwing 14 interceptions against 12 touchdowns.

College Footballogy gives a well researched preview of the Insight Bowl:

If Weber can find some consistency against an Iowa State team that ranks 95th nationally in pass defense, Minnesota could put up some big numbers again.

Doogie predicts the Gopher basketball team to finish tied for third in the Big Ten at this link.

Marcus Fuller has a feature article on Blake Hoffarber at this link:

If Hoffarber can lead the way, the Gophers (9-3) have a chance to better last season's 9-9 Big Ten Conference record - vital to getting a second straight NCAA tournament at-large bid.