Another cupcake?

Was Saturday's huge win a sign of the Minnesota Gophers coming into the national spotlight or just another season-opening patsy on their schedule? According to the preseason hype surrounding Toledo, it would appear Minnesota simply has the potential to be, dare we say, a powerhouse.

The Gophers have long had a reputation of having one of the softest non-conference schedules in Divison I-A football.

The gaudy 63-21 final score looks like the familiar pasting of a University of Louisiana-Monroe or Southwest Texas to start the season. What is different was that this year's opening opponent was Toledo, the No. 25 entrant on the Sports Illustrated top 25 and rising Midwest Athletic Conference power.

Toledo is a preseason pick to compete for the MAC title this year. The MAC as a conference is trying to shed its label as a mid-major and become one of the big boys, repeatedly beating BCS conference schools. It will be a couple of weeks before we know whether Toledo was grossly overrated or whether the Gophers are leaping onto the center of the national stage.

If nothing else, confidence and hope are running rampant in Minnesota, which in and of itself is a good thing.

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