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Minnesota Football needs to play an international B1G game, just like Illinois

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Trust me, these make as much sense as Illinois giving up a home game to play Nebraska in Ireland.

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You might have noticed that some blockbuster Big Ten football news was announced on Monday. That’s right, Illinois and Nebraska are going to play a game in Dublin, Ireland.

Why is this happening? I have no idea. I know Illinois is mad that Northwestern calls themselves “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” and that stereotypically Chicago has a lot of residents of Irish descent but this feels like a real left field play for control of the Chicago market. Maybe the folks behind this whole thing decided they needed to identify a new home team from a crappy, flat, and desolate Midwestern town no one cares about? If yes, I think they’ll be disappointed to realize that over-hyped Nebraska squads only land College Gameday when they face Ohio State.

Ultimately, the why isn’t important. The only thing that matters is that Minnesota risks falling behind the Illini in recruiting if they don’t land an international game of their own.* Here is my personal power ranking of possible destinations that actually make sense.

#1 - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne sits atop my list for two very big reasons. First, Daniel Faalele is from there and Coach Fleck needs to lock down the “giant humans from Australia” recruiting pipeline. Second, because one of the best places to find Great White Sharks (aka, the best Nektons) is near** there. Just think about it. They could get the Discovery Channel to reschedule Shark Week to coincide with the game. Cross-promotional TV money opportunities abound for the Big Ten! Lastly, everyone is getting their own Australian punter now and the Gophers need in on this action.

#2 - Venice, Italy

There would be no better place to Row The Boat to victory than a city famous for its boat travel. C’mon, you know you want to see Coach Fleck piloting a gondola for a TV promo for this game.

#3 - Cape Town, South Africa

Another Nekton connection, as there are fantastic Nekton waters a mere two hours from Cape Town. Also there has never been a Big Ten Football broadcast with the ever-present sound of vuvuzelas in it and I think it’s time to help tear that barrier down.

#4 - Somewhere in Mexio with indigenous giant pocket gophers

GIANT. POCKET. GOPHERS.

#5 - Iowa City, Iowa

We all know Iowa is a mystical foreign land where pig feces are spread everywhere to ward off attack from the corn worshipers to their east west. It’s time to introduce the world to this land filled with backwards people of yesteryear. Consider this an opportunity for the Gophers to assist with a National Geographic documentary into their strange ways.

It’s time Minnesota fans. #GoGophersInternational

*lolno this is a terrible nonsensical reason and you better not have taken it seriously
**I feel like when you’re talking about a country that makes up almost all of the land mass of a whole continent, 10 hours counts as nearby