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Bring on USC baby!

January 26, 2009 - Per Peterson
Tim Brewster’s eyes, it seems, are bigger than his stomach. The Gophers football coach — a young Jim Wacker who can recruit — is the ultimate optimist. But even for someone with the rosiest of glasses on, putting USC on your schedule for 2010 and 2011 is quite a reach. He did it, he said recently, because he wants to get the Gophers on the map nationally. Yeah, getting pasted by 50 points will probably do that. I can respect the fact that he wants to boost the level of preseason competition. The Gophers have long been known for playing cupcakes before the Big Ten season starts to build up wins, knowing they probably wouldn’t be able to scratch out more than three conference victories in any one season. What I don’t get is this: why USC? Those cupcake teams — some of which have snuck up and beaten the mighty Gophers the past few seasons — are bologna on the Gophers’ plate; now they’re ordering filet mignon. Bad move, coach. Why not start with some more mid-level conference teams, steaks, if you will. Then, if you like what you see, you step it up another notch and order the filet mignon. Take it one step at a time, coach, you might not like how the filet tastes. When you can’t beat the elite teams in your own conference, how do you expect to keep up with the real Goliaths of college football — the ones that have linebackers faster than your running backs. I hope I’m wrong on this, but that 60-point loss at home against Penn State a few years ago left a real bad taste in my mouth — similar to the one Brewster will have next season after his Gophers take on the Trojans.


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