About a third of the way into the college football season, we can begin to produce accurate evaluations of teams.
One of my guesses: Minnesota could be great. After a 34-7 rout of Michigan State, the score wasn’t nearly as close, with the Gophers rising to No. 16 in this week’s edition of The Athletic 131.
In three games, the Gophers have played three very low-ranked opponents (New Mexico State, Western Illinois, Colorado), so they haven’t moved in these rankings. But Saturday’s game should have been different in what should have been an even contest. However, Minnesota caught the Spartans. Quarterback Tanner Morgan completed 23 of 26 passes for an average of 10.3 yards per attempt, and the Gophers averaged more than five yards per rush. At one point, Minnesota outgained the Spartans 227-1 in total yards, with a 14-0 first down advantage. MSU scored late to avoid the shutout. It was as dominant a performance as you’ll find in a conference game outside of Alabama.