Breaking down and analyzing the 2021 Minnesota Golden Gophers football schedule with the best and worst case scenarios.
Minnesota Football Schedule 2021
Full schedule analysis with best and worst scenarios below
Sept. 4 Ohio State
Sept. 11 Miami University
Sept. 18 at Colorado
Sept. 25 Bowling Green
Oct. 2 at Purdue
Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 Nebraska
Oct. 23 Maryland
Oct. 30 at Northwestern
Nov. 6 Illinois
Nov. 13 at Iowa
Nov. 20 at Indiana
Nov. 27 Wisconsin
Dec. 4 Big Ten Championship (in Indianapolis)
Games vs. The East: at Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State
Missed Teams From The East: Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers
Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Schedule Analysis: If you have to play Ohio State, you might as well get it out of the way early. It’s the opener, and on the positive side, there’s no Michigan, Michigan State or Penn State to deal with from the East.
There’s a trip to Colorado, and dealing with Miami University isn’t a layup, but if this is more like the 2019 team than the 2020 version, there’s a chance to get through the first five games 4-1 if everything goes right.
There’s a bad run of three road games in four weeks over the second half of the season, but Nebraska is a home game, as is the regular season finale at Wisconsin. Going to Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana is a problem.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Schedule Best Case Scenario: They get over the loss to Ohio State in the opener to go on a terrific run. Getting past Colorado and Purdue on the road its tough, but they do it before getting a week off.
They take care of the home games against Nebraska and Maryland, survive at Northwestern, and beat Illinois to all of a sudden be 8-1 going into the trip to Iowa. There are losses along the way, but a win over Wisconsin gets the Gophers to the Big Ten Championship.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Schedule Worst Case Scenario: After getting annihilated by Ohio State, the Gophers struggle to get through the first part of the season with road losses to Colorado and Purdue before the break.
They lose the three road games in the second half and miss out on a bowl game with a loss to Wisconsin – again – in the Paul Bunyan Axe game.