In 2012, the Minnesota Golden Gopher football team will win more games than the Minnesota Vikings
There, I said it. Neither of these teams are going to set the world on fire, of course. This is more like a race between me and a one-legged dog dragging his ass across the ground. (the dog wins by a stump) This is a matter of looking at two teams and their opponents and their potential to exceed expectations. Point blank, there is very little chance the Vikings exceed expectations, but there is a chance that the Gophers will. Here are the top 5 reasons the Gophers will win more games than the Vikings this year.
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The Vikings start with a couple of winnable games early, but unfortunately, these are games where Adrian Peterson may not play or at least will have a reduced role. Luckily, MJD might be holding out as well, so we might see a 6-3 shootout on Sept 9 vs Jacksonville. The biggest problem with the Vikings' schedule is that the other teams in their division are much better than they are. They could easily go 0-6 against Detroit, Green Bay and Chicago. Winnable games include JAC, @IND, @WAS, ARI, @SEA, @STL. Only two of those games are home games though. On the plus side, two of their three wins last season came on the road.
2012 Golden Gopher Schedule
Young Players with Tremendous Upside
DepthI think the Vikings suffer greatly from a lack of depth. If you look at the chart, we're an ACL away from Larry Dean and Tyrone McKenzie. Former Minnesota Timberwolve Chris Carr is also on the two-deep. God forbid we get into Quentin Saulsberry territory.
On the flip side, the Gophers, while young seem to have depth at QB, offensive line and even at wide receiver (WHAT?). My friend and honored scrub @FrothyGopher thinks the secondary is as deep as it's been since the Wacker era. There are competitions and possible rotations all over the place, and this time I think it may not necessarily be because everyone sucks!
The Head CoachesLeslie Frazier is just kind of a drip. He knows football, but he kind of mopes around and bores the pants off of everyone. My guess is there's a constant loop of the superbowl shuffle running through his head and it's driving him crazy.
Jerry Kill gets so damned fired up that he seizes on the sidelines (please don't do that this year). He's passionate and has a little twang in his voice that we all enjoy. Also, he looks like a Gopher, how awesome is that? I think that if you spend time around Kill you can see that players respect him and are buying what he is selling. Of course, that's much easier to have happen in the college game.
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