It is game week, my friends. Gopher football kicks off the season on Thursday night and we get to enjoy the beauty of college football for the next 3-4 months. It has been a long offseason, but game-week is here.
It was an interesting offseason where there was plenty of discussion throughout about disappointment in football attendance, quite a bit of disappointment in out recruiting ranking compared to our Big Ten cohorts and hoping that one day we are aiming higher than the Motor City Bowl.
As we are set to begin the new season, the discussion I care to move forward is how the single best way to cure all of those things is to win. Just win.
Winning consistently creates excitement and people WANT to come watch you. Pricepoint matters, but when you are winning and when you are competing with the best teams in the league, people will come to watch you.
Winning consistently will make you more attractive to really talented recruits, which will continue to make your program better.
Winning consistently will put you position for better bowls, this one is possibly the most obvious.
The keys are winning and the winning consistently for a few years, likely needing a breakthrough at some point by winning big. Win the West one year, get back to the Rose Bowl and then follow that up with another season around 9 wins.
You know what happens then? People WANT to come to the games, recruits WANT to come here.
So this begs the question, does the winning begin this year?
As someone who has been preaching about managing expectations for over a decade on this blog, I’m pretty excited about this season. Is all lost if this team struggles for a period during the season and finishes 7-6? No, all isn’t “LOST.” It isn’t the end of the world. But with this year’s schedule, still a young team that happens to have had some experience...this season could be the start to something.
I’m excited. I’m trying to manage my own expectations. But all the things we’ve had angst about over the offseason, sure would be cured with winning. And it starts now.