After starting the season with high hopes and a top-25 ranking, Minnesota has now dropped out of the top 25 in both polls. After two disappointing weeks that were eerily similar to last season — a late heartbreaking loss to Michigan followed by a emotionally empty performance against Michigan State — Minnesota is once again on pace for a mid-level bowl.
In some ways the Gophers are the new Timberwolves. After seven consecutive trips to the playoffs and first-round exits, last year the T-Wolves stepped it up and went to the conference championship game. The Gophers are at the same place, a nice streak of consecutive bowls and winning seasons but the bar has been raised. Fair or not, a two-loss season is a disappointment and the Gophers may need to take on Ohio State's mantra of "beat Michigan."
Nobody is giving up on the Gophers — they are having a good season and they only need to go 1-3 in the last four games to be bowl-eligible. They should go at least 2-2 and have a good shot at 3-1. Of course, all Gophers fans would love to see them play spoiler against the Badgers.
Still, 9-2 and another trip to the Sun Bowl is now a disappointment that Gophers fans have suffered. This year, with what could have been, maybe Gophers fans have gotten spoiled, but like the T-Wolves and seven years of first-round frustration, just getting to a bowl isn't enough anymore.
Gophers Out Of Top 25
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