- Nov 11, 2008
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Bowling Green is Fleck's sole non-conference loss through 6 seasons (though no non-conference games were played in 2020), unless we're putting 2021 Illinois in the same category of loss. We were favored by 30 against Bowling Green and 14 against Illinois that year if I recall correctly. And last year I think was the first time since before Fleck was hired that we were favored against Iowa, and even that was only by 1.5. I couldn't even tell you the last time we were favored against Wisconsin, probably would be when Mason was coaching.Just the more infuriating that we couldn’t put it all together once in my lifetime. Bowling Greens of the world have obviously been the worst more recently. Iowa (finally getting over the Wisconsin hump recently) being Fleck’s kryptonite certainly hasn’t helped either. Maybe this difficult schedule is the key to OUR year!
Caught my eye too. Vegas, like a lot of other "experts", underestimate the Gophers more often than not!
Minnesota has been fun to bet for the last few years. There have been quite a few games where they were _heavy_ dogs and should not have been. And a few times when the line seemed dead on and they blew their opponent out of the water.Interesting that Minnesota has the 2nd most games on that list as an underdog (behind Duke) and also the 2nd most wins as an underdog.
Winning 40% of the games you're expected to lose is a difficult thing to do. Especially for Minnesota because some of those losses are games where they clearly had no chance (e.g. any game against OSU, PSU with Athan last year etc.)Not shabby but we need to improve on that.
This also pours some cold water on the idea that the Gophers play an easier schedule.Caught my eye too. Vegas, like a lot of other "experts", underestimate the Gophers more often than not!