Most onlookers outside of Minnesota would laugh at the thought of the Gophers making a bowl game in 2011.
However, from everything Jerry Kill has said and done so far, it is clear that he is not going to waste any time. He wants to win right now.
There is no doubt that this team is talented. It is almost as if they already possess the puzzle pieces to a six-win team, but the pieces are lying scattered on the floor.
Hopefully, Kill can pick them up, and arrange them into a bowl-contending team.
It is not beyond practicality. Here is one way the season could turn out:
- Loss at USC
- Win vs. New Mexico State
- Win vs. Miami (OH)
- Win vs. North Dakota State
- Loss at Michigan
- Win at Purdue
- Loss vs. Nebraska
- Win vs. Iowa
- Loss at Michigan State
- Loss vs. Wisconsin
- Loss at Northwestern
- Win vs. Illinois
Final record in this scenario: 6-6. That makes them bowl eligible, and even the casual college football fan can look at this and say that every outcome in this scenario is completely possible.
It may be a dream scenario, but the Gophers have a bowl game in their sights for 2011.