Minnesota did make a big jump on the newest College Football Playoff Rankings.
After the big win over then-No. 4 Penn State, the Gophers jumped all the way from No. 17 to No. 8 Tuesday evening. The Nittany Lions fell to No. 9.
One of the teams that Minnesota passed in the big jump was fellow undefeated Baylor. The Bears have also dealt with a negative perception around the country despite a 9-0 record. Baylor was ranked at No. 13 on the latest CFP Rankings.
When it comes to breaking down the difference between the two teams, ESPN analyst David Pollack did not bat an eyelash. To Pollack, he has Minnesota as a better team than Baylor, and it wasn’t a tough decision for him at all:
“When I look at Minnesota and Baylor, I can separate the two very easily,” explained Pollack. “Minnesota’s been doing this for a whole month. Minnesota’s on the up. Tanner Morgan has settled in, he’s got an elite group of wide receivers…I think that team has definitely been rising consistently; Baylor’s been kind of just flubbing around.”
When it comes to Minnesota’s big jump, Kirk Herbstreit chimed in and made note that the Gophers will likely be just fine with No. 8 for now. P.J. Fleck and company are in striking distance of the final four if they just keep winning:
“Everything is right in front of them. They just need to keep their focus right now. They’re just fine with that ranking,” explained Herbstreit.
Hopefully, Minnesota adds to its resume with a road win over Iowa in Iowa City this weekend.