Minnesota made its move on the latest College Football Playoff Rankings. Now, it’s time to cement a spot in the Top 10 against Iowa.
After debuting on the College Football Playoff Rankings, P.J. Fleck and the Gophers came up with the signature win it needed. Taking on James Franklin and fellow undefeated Penn State, Minnesota secured an impressive victory against a Top-10 team.
On Tuesday, the win catapulted Fleck and the Gophers all the way to No. 8 on the CFP Rankings. When it came time to discuss Minnesota, CFP Committee chair Rob Mullens admitted the win was impressive.
However, the Committee is still looking at the entire resume, not just one good week:
“That’s a piece of it,” said Mullens. “We’re looking at the full resume. …We were really impressed with what Minnesota did (with win over PSU).”
Kirk Herbstreit went on to break down the rest of Minnesota’s resume and why the Gophers are not ranked even higher. Herbstreit pointed out that the non-conference schedule and the close finishes in those games are issues for the Gophers.
Minnesota has a chance to get past that schedule, but the Gophers are not likely going to hang around if they take a loss:
“Let’s back up on Minnesota,” said Herbstreit. “We’re all excited about them, we’re loving what P.J. Fleck is doing but if you go back to the non-conference he mentioned they didn’t play anybody — not only is it a weak non-conference schedule, they almost lost to South Dakota State, to Fresno State, Georgia Southern. And then the five B1G games they won prior to Penn State, they were the bottom of the barrel winning percentage combined 42 percent.”