The Gophers may be in the middle of a bit of a dry spell, but their Big 10 status is always waiting to give them a boost back up to at least national noteworthiness.
Since the Big 10 is one of the premier conferences in college football, Minnesota will have the opportunity to take on some of the nation's finest programs.
The more chances they get against top teams, the more likely they are to pull of upsets and gain national attention. With national attention will come good recruits, and with good recruits, success becomes easier to achieve. All it takes is one good year to spark a perennial powerhouse.
The Gophers themselves may have fallen off of the face of the college football planet in the last five years, but they are still a historically storied squad. In ESPN's prestige rankings, the Gophers finished 33rd out of 119.
Their colorful past gives the school a sense of history and accomplishment that can lead some recruits to try to follow in past heroes' footsteps. No matter how bad Minnesota has been of late, their six national titles will never be erased.
It won't hurt either that the Big 10 divided into two divisions: Leaders and Legends. The Gophers find themselves on the easier side of the fence in the Legends division, escaping the Buckeyes and Penn State.
Granted, they will still play Wisconsin every year , skipping the other two giants more often occasion won't hurt.