Breaking down and analyzing the 2018 Minnesota Golden Gophers football schedule.
2018 Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Schedule Analysis
– The Gophers don’t exactly extend themselves in non-conference play without any battles against Power Five programs, but the Fresno State game is a whole lot nastier now than it appeared to be a few years ago.
They get the newly-independent New Mexico State to start things out, and Miami University to close out the run of pastries – they’re not exactly cupcakes.
– The date with Iowa is a must-win as the lone home date in a rough stretch of three road games in four dates. At least there’s a week off before dealing with the Hawkeyes, but that’s it – it’s a two-month run the rest of the way.
The Nebraska and Wisconsin games are on the road, but Northwestern and Purdue have to come to Minneapolis in back-to-back Novembers weeks.
– The good: Minnesota misses Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State from the East. The bad: It has to go to Ohio State right after the Iowa showdown and just before the trop to Nebraska. On the plus side, having to deal with Maryland and Indiana in interdivisional play isn’t bad.