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Minnesota at Illinois Recap: Predictions and Hopes Review - Corgi Edition

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The corgis will make it better. I swear.

Ok, I'm finally ready to venture into the Illinois mess and look at how reality crushed my predictions, hopes, dreams, sanity, and general happiness. To help balance out the ugliness, I will be relying on corgis. Because corgis are cute.

Predictions

Prediction: Gophers rush for over 325 yards.

Reality: 172 total yards, 4.2 ypc. Sigh...

Prediction: David Cobb rushes for 175+ yards before the coaches shut him down.

Reality: So painful.

Prediction: The Gophers force 2 turnovers.

Reality: 1 fumble, not the two interceptions I predicted.

Hopes

Hope: Peter Mortell downs every one of his punts inside the 20.

Reality: Peter had a good day (44 avg per punt, long of 57), but only 1 was downed inside the 20. The fact that the Gopher offense kept floundering on it's side of the 50 had a lot to do with that.

Hope: The Gophers pass rush forces 4 sacks.

Reality: ALMOST! The Gophers had 3 sacks on the day. So...YAY!

Hope: NO ONE GETS HURT.

Reality: High ankles are just jerks.

Hope: Mitch Leidner completes 60% of his passes.

Reality: I am a moron.

Hope: Tim Beckman pulls off a mask and reveals that he's been Tim Brewster all along.

Reality: Nothing about this loss makes me think Tim is less of a buffoon. This does not help me feel better. Corgis help me feel better.