Welcome back to the Ski-U-Pahdcast! I was joined for this week’s edition (Episode 003) of the Pahd by UStreet, IowaGopher, and gopherguy05. In keeping with tradition, we covered all manor of topics including:
- Minnesota Volleyball’s dominance
- a busy week for quarterback news
- Middle Tennessee State
- Those gorgeous new helmets and FULL BANANA
- A sudden rise in muskie and river otter attacks that has terrorized the north woods
- Why UStreet’s middle school was a hive of scum and villany when it came to hairstyles
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What we talked about
0:20 - Introductions
0:43 - WSYBD - Rowan's Creek, Dogfish Head Oak Age Vanilla Worldwide Stout, anything that Central Waters puts in a bourbon barrel (especially if it's a stout)
1:45 - Just how awesome is Minnesota Volleyball? (HINT: EXTREMELY AWESOME)
2:45 - Just how much of a surprise is the play of the Volleyball freshman?
5:08 - How things look for the Big Ten Volleyball season
6:30 - A crazy day for Gopher Football news
7:03 - ALL OF THE QUARTERBACK DISCUSSION POINTS
7:35 - UStreet: Why Rhoda emerged as the starter, Fleck's message to the team following Croft's temporty leave from football
8:50 - IowaGopher: Rhoda Boat should have been a sign, Rhoda has built a clear connection with Tyler Johnson, concerns about explosively bad plays, offensive line's pass protection has helped Rhoda's performance
10:31 - gopherguy05: Rhoda as a game manager and the importance of other players making plays, why this is Conor Rhoda's team now, setting reasonable expectations for what Rhoda will bring
12:21 - IowaGopher: The loss of Demry as a "safety net" behind Rhoda
12:51 - GoAUpher: The backup QB role and what it might mean for Tanner Morgan's redshirt, more on the concept of "Rhoda won't win games on his own"
15:01 - Running game worries
15:45 - GoAUpher: Issues with offensive line play despite the emphasis on running the ball, Gophers had less success running against Oregon State than a mediocre FCS team
17:00 - IowaGopher: Less concerned than after Week 1, the importance of building a respectable passing game
18:30 - UStreet: While there should be concerns there are also some important things to feel good about, interesting schematic wrinkles he noticed, the impact of continuing to install the offense
21:12 - gopherguy05: Maryland game will be the time to fully judge the offense thus far, there is no excuse for a B1G team to do worse running the ball than Portland State, expecting a pretty vanilla offense until Maryland
23:15 - GoAUpher: Reasons for concern due to injury limitations on Jared Wyler and why we shouldn't freak out for MTSU
24:37 - Looking at Middle Tennessee State
25:10 - UStreet: They have a good quarterback and some weapons so we should be watching Antonio Shenault, waiting to see us do more with the Run/Pass Option
26:25 - IowaGopher: Watch out for MTSU QB Brent Stockstill vs. the Gophers secondary, Middle Tennessee has defended the run well so watch their front 7 vs. Minnesota's offensive line
28:55 - gopherguy05: Why he's (mostly) walking back his preseason prediction of an MTSU win, the importance of a strong pass rush to a Gophers win, offensive line shifts against Oregon State has him feeling ok about Jared Wyler, time for a different WR to step up as Tyler Johnson gets more attention
31:13 - GoAUpher: Why gopherguy05 loses points in TDG Around The Horn
31:52 - BIG TEN SCHEDULES
32:01 - GoAUpher: Change to end of the year opponent isn't ideal but I'll be happy so long as we always face Wisconsin, Iowa, or Nebraska that week, reduction in backloaded schedules a plus, meh on rotatating the rivalries
32:42 - IowaGopher: Just win baby, opening the 2021 season against Ohio State is exciting, anything that might help us beat Wisconsin is good
34:00 - UStreet: No strong thoughts about schedules other than a desire to beat Wisconsin
34:17 - GoAUpher: correcting IowaGopher's "Beat Wisconsin" math
34:37 - gopherguy05: the "schedule nerd" compares 2020 an 2021, pondering what the Big Ten will do with putting more games into primetime, why I don't mind playing Wisconsin in October
37:42 - GoAUpher: predicts a College Gameday appearance in 2021
37:48 - GOLDY HELMETS AND FULL BANANA
38:50 - GoAUpher: I LOVE IT
39:06 - UStreet: GOLDY ON THE HELMET (!!!), fun Goldy facts in honor of his upcoming birthday
40:08 - gopherguy: I am going FULL BANANA on Saturday in solidarity with the Gophers, love the Goldy tail stripe, Ross Bernstein has some great Gophers books and you should read them
41:11 - IowaGopher: EVERYONE PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I WROTE COACH FLECK A LETTER DEMANDING FULL BANANA SO THIS IS MY DOING
42:04 - PSA on the importance of "always shooting your shot, especially on Twitter"
42:53 - SUP Question Time. REMINDER: Please keep submitting snappy names for this bit!
43:18 - Will our running backs combine for more yards rushing than Tyler Johnson has receiving?
44:45 - Prediction for Nekton of the Week?
46:12 - What animal would you pick to represent the Nekton (besides a shark) and what the heck is a nekton anyway?
46:56 - THERE ARE HUMAN EATING MUSKIES IN MINNESOTA LAKES THIS IS NOT A DRILL PEOPLE
47:47 - OH GOD NOW THE RIVER OTTERS ARE ATTACKING TOO
48:01 - Hey look GoAUpher did remember the right definition for a nekton.
48:30 - Score predictions for Middle Tennessee State
50:07 - Twitter quote time, WideSpeedReceiver edition
50:42 - Will Gophers fans embrace the FULL BANANA and Goldy helmets?
50:58 - How UStreet's childhood observations about Minnesotans making bad fashion choices influence his opinions about reactions to football uniforms, or WHY DISLIKING THE GOLDY HELMET IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD FOR IT
54:03 - Outro, featuring GopherNation's daughter