Seven of the Gophers’ 12 foes for 2018 performed in bowl video games over the previous few weeks; all seven packages gained.
The Huge Ten Convention went 7-1 general in bowls, Michigan’s 26-19 loss to South Carolina on New Yr’s Day the convention’s solely blemish.
The Gophers open subsequent season Aug. 30 towards New Mexico State, which went 10-38 in coach Doug Martin’s first 4 seasons in Las Cruces however improved to six-6 this season to earn its first bowl berth since 1960. The Aggies beat Utah State 26-20 in extra time of the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29 however should exchange their two-yr beginning quarterback, main operating again and prime tackler, amongst others.
The Gophers will not face a Energy 5 Convention workforce within the nonconference schedule, so a Sept. eight assembly with Fresno State figures to be their largest problem earlier than Huge Ten play. Underneath former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, the Bulldogs improved from 1-eleven in 2016 to 10-four in 2017 and beat Houston 33-27 within the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.
That made the Bulldogs simply the second staff in FBS historical past to go from 10 or extra losses one season to 10 or extra wins the next yr. Quarterback Marcus McMaryion, an Oregon State switch, threw for a profession-greatest 342 yards towards Houston and returns for his senior season in 2018.
Nebraska, the Gophers’ foe in Lincoln on Oct. 20, did not go bowling in 2017, however their newly employed coach placed on probably the greatest performances of the bowl season Monday, Jan. 1.
In his remaining recreation at Central Florida, Scott Frost capped a thirteen-zero season for the Golden Knights with a 34-27 victory over Auburn within the Peach Bowl. Frost’s staff from the American Athletic Convention led the nation in scoring and toppled one of many SEC’s premier packages.
Frost, who gained a nationwide title as Nebraska’s quarterback in 1997, might shortly increase the Cornhuskers into Huge Ten West rivalry. Along with the Cornhuskers, 4 different Gophers foes in 2018 — Miami (Ohio), Maryland, Indiana and Illinois — additionally had dropping data in 2017 and did not go to bowls. These 5 groups went a mixed 20-forty in 2017.
The heavyweights on the Gophers’ upcoming schedule each gained their marquee bowl matchups.
After being neglected of the School Soccer Playoff, Ohio State stormed to a 24-level lead and beat Southern Cal 24-7 within the Cotton Bowl on Friday. Wisconsin, which misplaced to Ohio State within the Massive Ten championship recreation, got here again from a 14-three deficit to beat Miami (Fla.) 34-24 in Orange Bowl on Saturday.
The Badgers completed thirteen-1, Ohio State 12-2. The…