You don't have to agree with it, but haven't you been part of those discussions already? It's one thing to say that you don't agree, which is fine, but it's another to act like there's no argument against your opinion. The Minnesota team that we played did not resemble the Minnesota team at the end of the year that beat the daylights out of Purdue, Wisconsin, and Georgia Tech, and that could have beat Northwestern. Add in that they were often playing as many as 8 freshmen on offense, and that they have almost everybody back on all sides of the ball--including 2 excellent RBs who didn't play against us because they were injured--and it's not exactly a stretch to say that Minnesota, at home, is likely to be a challenge to us.I don't see why so many people are penciling a loss to the Gophers. The Huskers blasted them last year. Are people expecting a huge step back on offense or defense? Maybe expecting a huge leap forward for Minnesota?
EDIT: Add to the fact that was the first win for an 0-6 team. They were just learning how to win. I wouldn't be surprised by another big win this season.