Brady Quinn not sold on Minnesota as a Top-10 team after win over No. 4 Penn State
Minnesota secured its signature win Saturday, but not everyone is buying the Gophers as a Top-10 team.
In one of the biggest conference games this season, Minnesota welcomed Penn State to town in a battle of unbeaten squads. The difference in the contest was in the ranking of the two teams.
On the initial College Football Playoff Rankings, the Committee put Penn State at No. 4 after a strong start to the year. Unfortunately, the Gophers were slotted in at No. 17 despite also being 8-0.
Minnesota put that chatter and low ranking to bed with a 31-26 win over Penn State, proving to be a complete team. The Gophers used a well-balanced offense and opportunistic defense to takedown the Nittany Lions.
By most measures, P.J. Fleck’s squad should be a Top-10 team on the next CFP Rankings. Just don’t tell that to FOX analyst Brady Quinn. During a halftime segment with the FOX College Football crew, he said it would likely take a road win over Iowa to get to the Top 10:
“I’m not even sure Minnesota jumps into the Top-10, I’m going to be honest with you,” said Quinn.
“They just beat the No. 4 team in the nation,” Urban Meyer reminded Quinn.
“At home,” replied Quinn. “At home. And I get that, but what do you always say? It’s those wins on the road that really get them there. They’re going to have to play on the road…If they beat Iowa, that’s where you see them take that next big leap.
“They’ll definitely jump up from 17…but Top-10 after this? I’m not sure.”
Here’s the entire exchange:
Brady Quinn essentially saying Minnesota probably won’t be Top 10 after this win, but should after a road win against a lesser Iowa squad.
I genuinely ask: would any SEC team, with a similar resume, have to deal with that mindset after that win? pic.twitter.com/AYptKKd7Ie
— Paul Harvey (@HammerHarvey) November 9, 2019
Unfortunately, Quinn is likely not alone in his assessment of the Gophers. Minnesota definitely deserves a spot in the Top 10, but fans will just have to wait and see if the Committee agrees.