Yeah it is one game but it symbolizes so much more. These themes keep dogging this program:I was on the road most of the day but managed to catch some of the game on the radio and now in the hotel room have read through the game thread here.
I honestly thought we'd spring the upset. At the very least I thought it would be a dogfight. Wrong on both counts. Oh well.
But let's not rush to jump off the ledge. At the beginning of the year, most of us thought 9-3 would be good. As bad as things were today, we're still looking at the solid possibility of 10-2 and a very nice bowl game.
OK, in the unlikely event that we lose the white-out next week against Minnesota, I might well join the pile-on.
Meanwhile, this was not a good day. But this is a young team with its best days still ahead.
As for Clifford, he's a great guy and decent player...but not a championship-caliber QB. That's just a hard fact. It always has been.
Regarding Franklin, it is what it is. He's not going to be cut loose at this point, so we sink or swim with the guy.
Let's put this game in the rear-view mirror and think about the Gophers. The narrative changes quickly in college football. Beat Minnesota and then, who knows. Hope springs eternal.
-We are a weak, finesse team in the trenches that gets manhandled by power teams
-No improvement in the line play over 8 years versus good teams
-Talent that is not utilized or developed
-A coach who cannot come close to winning a big game and has the team unprepared and listless
If the game was actually competitive then I would be more optimistic but this pathetic performance cannot be swept under the carpet. Even if we do go 9-3, most likely none of the above problems will be solved and we are just one of a number of irrelevant B10 teams that annually lose to scUM and O$U and have no prayer to win a conference championship yet alone make the playoff. And next year looks like the same bad movie and the next year.....