2008 Minnesota Golden Gophers College Football Predictions Courtesy of Alex Smart, An Expert College Football Handicappers featured on Touthouse.com. If you are interested in college football betting this year, be sure to buy Alex Smart’s college football picks each week and guarantee a winning season!!
Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-11, 0-8 in 2007, last place in Big 10)
Last season was an absolute disaster for the Golden Gophers as the program only registered one win and lost to Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, and I-AA North Dakota State to only name a few. The Gophers can only improve off of their horrific 2008 performance.
Offensive Outlook: Gone are the days when the Gophers churned out a RB seemingly every year (Marion Barber, Laurence Maroney, etc.) and last year’s starting RB Amir Pinnix (563 rushing yards and five touchdowns) has moved on. QB Adam Weber (2895 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions) will have to play better in 2008 and not throw as many interceptions if this offense expects to improve.
Defensive Outlook: Last year’s stop unit was the worst in the Big 10 allowing an eye popping 36.7 PPG. Gone is leading tackler S Dominique Barber (100 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 8 pass breakups in 2007) and most of the team’s senior leadership. Only three seniors are projected starters, but 2006 2nd team All Big-10 DE Willie VanDeSteeg is one of those starters trying to improve this unit.
2008 Outlook: The Golden Gophers get a chance for revenge early by taking on both Bowling Green and Florida Atlantic in the first four weeks of the season. Second year HC Tim Brewster has a lot of growing to do if he hopes to get this program back to where it was under predecessor Glen Mason, but road games at Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Illinois make that task difficult.
2008 will be a success if… Minnesota can make some improvement and show that they are turning things around after that terrible 1-11 season. Fifteen returning starters will go a long way towards helping Brewster try to get this team back on track, but a daunting Big 10 schedule could make that a tall order.
The Golden Gophers can only get better in 2008 and almost have to have more wins this season. An early season match-up against mediocre I-AA squad Montana State almost assures the Gophers of at least one win, leaving eleven other chances to at least double last season’s output.
Prediction: 3-9, last place in Big 10