We're a Gophers blog so yes, I'm going to talk about where Minnesota is here. But let's be clear, it doesn't really matter. Just like before Illinois, the accolades will come with wins. No reason to worry about it.
Looking at a wider picture for the B1G, Gophers fans are left with a choice. If you are a person who cheers for the Big Ten then you need TCU to lose. Why? Because they're going to get into the College Football Playoff ahead of Michigan State. I know the
Coaches SID's Poll likes MSU more, but I'll be shocked to see them get ahead of TCU in the CFB Playoff Rankings without a Horned Frogs loss. If you want one of Minnesota's losses to look as good as possible, then keep on cheering for TCU (GO TCU!).
Ohio State, Nebraska, and (sigh) Wisconsin round out the Big Ten teams in the Top 25. If you put any faith into the
Coaches SID's Poll, then Saturday's matchup between Minnesota and Iowa pits the 30th (MN) and 31st (IA) ranked teams against each other. Which of course means nothing. But there it is. =)
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Alabama|
|7||Michigan State||TCU||Kansas State|
|8||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||LSU|
|9||Kansas State||Kansas State||TCU|
|11||Arizona State||Ohio State||Michigan State|
|12||Ole Miss||Arizona State||Baylor|
|13||Ohio State||Ole Miss||Arizona State|