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11 minutes ago, SnowAggy said:

Agreed...and sharing a city.  I wonder if it's that simple?  Would UM athletics be more popular and perform better if they were in Mankato or St. Cloud?

No, going out after the game in a city like Minneapolis is a plus. It is here in Austin. It is that you have to train a whole fanbase to come to campus and enjoy the game and culture that is unique to your campus and fanbase. They really don't have traditions built around having a home stadium so that has to get amplified now that they do. They should copy some of what CDC is doing here to build that up. Culture is important and traditions that grow up around being a long time fan. But most important is winning, that raises everyone's spirit and gets them to want to party and enjoy the hell out of the experience. Irritation at parking or traffic really gets minimized with a win when you are blasting your fight song and yelling at the loser fans that they suck. The true joys of the college gameday experience. 

Seriously, the Gophers have a fine opportunity to seize the day with the team and Fleck bringing in the Ws. This should go a long way towards building a solid foundation to a great gameday experience. 

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No, going out after the game in a city like Minneapolis is a plus. It is here in Austin. It is that you have to train a whole fanbase to come to campus and enjoy the game and culture that is unique to your campus and fanbase. They really don't have traditions built around having a home stadium so that has to get amplified now that they do. They should copy some of what CDC is doing here to build that up. Culture is important and traditions that grow up around being a long time fan. But most important is winning, that raises everyone's spirit and gets them to want to party and enjoy the hell out of the experience. Irritation at parking or traffic really gets minimized with a win when you are blasting your fight song and yelling at the loser fans that they suck. The true joys of the college gameday experience. 

Seriously, the Gophers have a fine opportunity to seize the day with the team and Fleck bringing in the Ws. This should go a long way towards building a solid foundation to a great gameday experience. 

 

UT is a much bigger driver in Austin than U of M is in Minneapolis. They aren’t really comparable. Austin is way more college towny, in a way that’s conducive to a better game/collegiate experience.

 

Minneapolis has always been more of a city than a college town. Austin is a college town that became a city.

 

I think Minneapolis can and should compliment the U of M gameday experience, but thus far it hasn’t

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13 hours ago, TexasHooch said:

U of M fans love the Gophers, but they also love the Wild, Wolves, and Vikings. Iowa State fans need only choose between the Cyclones and the meat raffle at the American Legion.

There's a meat raffle? It's a wonder anyone attends Cyclones  games.

<You're welcome, AI_4_ISU>

Fwiw, the game sold out a couple days ago. 

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I agree that the Athletic Department needs to build a relationship with the city and work to make the games a fun event for alum and city dwellers that might want to hit a college game. The eye candy, the atmosphere, pretty campus all play into making that a draw as well as the winning. Minny being a big city is a plus, imo. There is so much fun things to do that will draw the out of towners to come to some games. Look, Austin is Austin and not many cities can compete with it's allure but some smart city people should be brainstorming ways to lure people to the games and rope in the press to talk the shit up. It is very doable, imo. I spent a lot of time in Minny for work and I always liked the bars and restaurants around the campus area.  Haven't been in years but surely it is still a fun scene. 

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10 minutes ago, WhatTheBuck said:

Fwiw, the game sold out a couple days ago. 

Yep, though they had to put in a lot of work to get there.  Not a top 3 reason for slow ticket sales, but it certainly doesn't help that this morning was the start of Deer Season.  It's a really big deal in MN and it draws a lot of people away from the city over the weekend.  Even the Vikings feel it when they have home games during opener (lots of sold but empty seats).

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I know there is a game thread but if his whole motivational mantra can lead to him getting better talent and playmakers than the other B1G West teams, there is no reason he can't be successful at Minnesota.

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That little kid was adorable. There was another shot from pregame where he was also wearing sunglasses and a headset and got to meet PJ. It was pretty damn cute. 

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I remember about five years ago, one of the local college teams fired its head coach who was doing just okay but the team was kind of stuck in a rut of mediocrity. They didn't have any tradition of success or name brand and just an average size fanbase and no real recruiting footprint or advantage there. The local columnists made several suggestions, but several indicated that you need a gimmick to kind of break our of a cycle. They were talking about something like installing the option offense, or redesigning the uniforms over and over again. People think of gimmicks like in a pejorative sense. But in a system like college football where so many guys are competing for recruits attention it can be useful to get you in the door with some guys. It gets people's attention. Anyway, Fleck has some videos where he even talks about himself as a guy that other people call a gimmick coach. 

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Am a bandwagon fan now to try to keep sec to one team.  Any chance of a blowout victory to go 10 and 0?  Margin of victory will count vs. the bama boosters.

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Okay, the game at Iowa is on FOX at 3:00 and Minnesota is the 3 point dog on the road, the point total is 44.5 which is way on the low side for college football. Iowa has upset some top ten opponents in similar situations in the past few years. The Iowa offense is struggling to score points in any conference game or against any competition. If Minnesota gets 25 points they almost definitely win. Iowa's secondary is a weak spot this season, and a real playmaking wide receiver can do something to the. Minnesota's quarterback played the near perfect game last week, and he probably won't match that performance two weeks in a row, but he probably won't have to. Can the Gopher's maintain the emotional high they had last week? They can basically clinch a tie for the B1G West this weekend.

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The Iowa offense broke a bunch of their tendencies in their first possessions. Things like going shotgun on short yardage or a toss play that they hadn't run all season. The Gopher defense looked confused early, and missed tons of tackles they didn't seem to do last week. The Hawkeyes hadn't scored an opening drive touchdown against a decent opponent in a long time, but they had three touchdown drives to start the game. 20 of their 23 points came on those first three possessions. The announcers noted that they were anticipating the secondary for Minnesota to be aggressive, and some double-moves hit for large gains. The Iowa offensive line had their best game of the season, Stanley was able to get into a rhythm he hadn't been in all season. This is an offense that looked dead against every other B1G opponent and then they just march down the field to start this game.

 

The Gopher's play action and RPO game started slow, the running plays just weren't gaining many yards and the passes were getting tipped at the line by linemen who were staying back to sniff out the run. The Gopher wideouts dropped a few passes early. Iowa was able to keep two safeties deep and have linebackers dropping into coverage zones most of the night. Morgan had a couple passes nearly picked but dropped. The Iowa secondary had a couple really athletically limited guys out there, but they had four guys in a zone looking at the football and didn't give up any big plays. Minnesota was stalled in the red zone without getting a touchdown a few times. 

The radio announcers were blown away by the Gopher wide receivers, they are just better than what you see in the B1G west. They can get to multiple levels and stretch out the defense.

 

The special teams battle was lost by Minnesota missing a field goal early, and an extra point late in the game. The final sequence with the missed PAT, the onside kick, then having to pass to score a touchdown was a bad spot to be in.

 

Assuming they beat Northwestern next week, it will come down to the last game at home against Wisconsin to decide the B1G West.

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I was watching the press conference where Fleck explains why he runs onto the field after a late hit, the hit was like a long five seconds after a play. He says he was on the staff at Rutgers when Eric Legrand was paralyzed on the field. I went and checked the Rutgers media guide and found the Fleck bio page just for fun

 

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Okay, next up is the Northwestern Wildcats, at Ryan Field in Evanston Illinois. The Gophers are favored by 13.5, and I think they can name the score against the Cats. Teams often play extra mean in the week after their first loss of the season. The Northwestern team just doesn't have the rhythm on offense that they need to get their version of the spread to work. If you want to see a bunch of short guys running around and endless incomplete passes, this is your kind of team. At least for this year. Anyway, the secondary ticket market has seats for about $6.00 and its just outside Chicago.

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22 hours ago, JimmyHoffa said:

I still say he traded down in the wife department.....

Wife#2 prolly has a few good tricks up her taco

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