Strange Brew, And Some NFL Picks

I heard “Gopher Nation” referenced during the Big Ten Network’s broadcast of the Minnesota-South Dakota football game Saturday. Is there much left to “Gopher Nation”? And if so, how much more can those people take?

Tim Brewster
Despite a recent contract extension, Tim Brewster's seat is getting hot. Associated Press photo

The Gophers suffered another embarrassment against an area Football Championship Subdivision school, losing to the Coyotes 41-38 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota’s offense moved the ball pretty well, but a Big Ten offense was supported by the quality of defense that would have a tough time competing in the Dakota Athletic Conference routinely. The Gophers simply couldn’t stop USD’s screens and bootlegs. Pretty pathetic showing.

Oddly, Minnesota extended the contract of football coach Tim Brewster prior to the season. But combining a loss like this to a near-loss to South Dakota State last season and an actual loss to North Dakota State three years ago, and you wonder how much longer Gophers brass will sit back and watch this.

Would you fire Brewster now, after the season, or not at all? I’m in the camp of letting a coach finish out a season, because there just aren’t enough games in a college football season to turn things around in the middle of the year with a new coach. Then again, I never would have extended Brewster’s contract, so what do I know?

And for what I hope will be a weekly feature, here’s a few NFL picks against the spread (my pick is in bold):

  • Giants by 7 against Carolina. Giants
  • Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh EVEN. Steelers
  • Seattle by 1 vs. San Francisco. 49ers
  • Green Bay vs. Philadelphia EVEN. Packers
  • Dallas by 3 vs. Washington. Cowboys

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