Last night, the very first Big Ten game was played this college football season.

Minnesota took on South Dakota State — an FCS power — and the Golden Gophers survived with a 28-21 victory.

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The win was what it was. A win. Ugly? Sure. But, Minnesota is 1-0. And honestly, what team blows out everybody it plays throughout an entire season?


P.J. Fleck, Minnesota’s coach, knows this. Minnesota wasn’t going to cruise through its schedule and go 12-0 in the regular season. It just wasn’t going to happen.

Fleck knows that close games that come down to the wire will occur. On Thursday night, that happened. The Gophers beat a team by one touchdown. Plenty of games will finish within a seven-point window, and Fleck talked after the game about close contests:

He also praised South Dakota State after the game:

Fleck does make a good point. Teams like South Dakota State upset more known programs yearly. Last season, not that Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a powerhouse, but South Dakota State put up 90 points in a 90-6 victory. Again, the Jackrabbits are capable of doing big things.

They’re ranked No. 3 in the entire FCS for a reason.

Fleck’s team survived and advanced. At 1-0, the Gophers are still undefeated at the end of the day.