Harrison: Three Things We Learned About Minnesota Against Buffalo

Harrison: Three Things We Learned About Minnesota Against Buffalo

Phil Harrison

Harrison: Three Things We Learned About Minnesota Against Buffalo

Three Things We Learned About Minnesota Against Buffalo


P.J. Fleck’s first game as the Gophers head coach is in the books. What can we takeaway from what we saw on the field in the 17-7 win?


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The oars are officially in the water as the P.J. Fleck era is now officially off and running. Here are three things we learned about Minnesota after game one versus Buffalo …

1. Slow and Steady

There is work still to be done before P.J. Fleck can put his stamp on this team. Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let’s remember that Minnesota has been a bowl team now basically since Jerry Kill set the bar. This is not a team in need of a major rebuild.

Still, it’s getting over the hump and becoming a Big Ten power that made the administration go after Fleck. The recruiting is coming around so far, but first things first, the template and bar has to be set with this team. A win is a win is a win, but this team is limited in its abilities on offense.

2. Defense Might be the Bright Spot of this Team

The more things change, the more they apparently stay the same. Offensive woes aside, the defense did indeed look like the same defense the Gophers trotted out on the field during the Kill era.

As this season goes on, and the offense hopefully comes along, the defense will need to keep the Gophers in the game. So far so good in this one, but let’s remember that this is Game One and the Bulls are not exactly an offensive juggernaut.

It was a win. It doesn’t necessarily matter how this looks now. Call this Minnesota’s preseason warm-up, but it needs to be a whole lot sharper and more effective offensively to get by Oregon State.

3. Apparently Not Everyone is Excited About Boat Rowing in the Twin Cities

What gives Minnesota? Your administration goes out and hires one of the brightest young coaches in the game and pours money into unbelievable facilities. The future looks bright.

So what happens in TCF Bank Stadium? No, no. There’s not a sell out, and frankly nothing close to it. For all the excitement we heard about with the fan base, it has simply not caught on yet — at least as far as putting butts in seats.

You get a feeling winning can cure some of that, but what more do you want? Ski-U-Mah?!

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Phil Harrison is the lead Big Ten writer for College Football News. Get his opinion and analysis all year long. Follow him on Twitter @PhilHarrisonCFB

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