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MNVCGUY

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I can kind of understand national hacks assuming road loses to MSU, PSU and WIS, but Nebraska....come on.

Nevermind the fact that we have been a really good road team under Fleck, have beaten Wisconsin in 2 of the last 4 matchups, beaten Penn State recently and MSU is far from the sure thing that some want to make them out to be.

It is what it is though. Until we win the West outright (probably the last chance to do it) the easy assumption to make is the Minnesota has no shot against top teams in the East or the former top dog in the West.

Still shocking that there are National people buying into Nebraska every year though. Team has done nothing under Frost to even come close to justifying any of the love they get in the preseason. Funny that we can have a decent run of success and be stuck in prove it mode while Nebraska can suck year in and year out yet somehow those same people that think we need to prove it will make the assumption that Nebraska is on the verge of breaking out.

Oh well, only way to change the perception is to keep on winning until they have no choice but to take you seriously.
 

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What's odd about Wisconsin is the idea they are still a level above us.

We've split the last 4 and should be 3-4 in the last 4. Evidently we won't gain that until we probably win the west, or start our own streak of beating them 3-5 straight years.

We've owned the Nebraska matchup with our only recent loss largely due to a Robb Smith defense. Mind-numbing how the Huskers win the off-season every year.
 

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This is obviously iffy analysis based on recent results, but it brings up another point:

At least at the pro level, the importance of home field has been waning for years. It appears this analysis assumed the Gophers can't beat anyone decent on the road (but should be solid against Iowa at home).

In the NFL HFA has almost ceased to exist. Teams are better at traveling than they once were. The Gophers have done pretty well on the road and traveling to neutral sites in recent years, often better than at home. The wisconsin and iowa games have gone better on the road in recent years.
 

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This is obviously iffy analysis based on recent results, but it brings up another point:

At least at the pro level, the importance of home field has been waning for years. It appears this analysis assumed the Gophers can't beat anyone decent on the road (but should be solid against Iowa at home).

In the NFL HFA has almost ceased to exist. Teams are better at traveling than they once were. The Gophers have done pretty well on the road and traveling to neutral sites in recent years, often better than at home. The wisconsin and iowa games have gone better on the road in recent years.
The Fleck years have kind of borne this out at least as far as the Gophers are concerned because they often seem to play better on the road than they do at home.
 





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