After the game today, players were choosing their words pretty carefully about playing Minnesota. Most said they believed they could win the game, but understood this was a different sort of opponent than they’ve faced. Joe Mays, in his normal exuberance was about to predict a Bison win, but then caught himself and said the Bison would go down there and give it their best shot. I don’t think there’s a whole lot that fazes this team anymore, but you still have to wonder if there will be some doubt as they take the field Saturday, and I also wonder if they’ll get thrown by the venue, especially for all the Minnesota boys who grew up hoping to play there. I have no idea what to expect, but I keep thinking that if the Gophers show up with some fire that NDSU doesn’t have much of a chance. These boys have proven me wrong before, and maybe they’ll do it again, but I can’t objectively pick NDSU to win. Then on the other side, the Gophers are banged up and messed up in the head after today in Madison.
I will say this, in football, things like believing you will always win, and trusting your teammates and coaches mean a lot. I have to believe NDSU has a huge edge in that department. Can that overcome the talent gap? Probably not, but if Minnesota sleepwalks through it, they might be upsettable.
Right now my head tells me that the Gophers win by 2 touchdowns (remember this team should have beaten Penn State and held with Michigan), but something tells me it will be a bit closer than that.
The big question of the week here is….will Phil pick the Bison in Saturday’s Forum? 🙂