Minnesota Gophers rank 17th in initial College Football Playoff rankings

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P.J. Fleck can coach. Let’s end any debate about his abilities right now. The fact that were talking about an undefeated Minnesota Gophers football team is incredible. Fleck’s taken a program that’s starving to be relevant, and brought hype to the Midwest. When he called Minnesota a “sleeping giant”, there were many who laughed, but it’s the Gophers who laugh now. However, if you ask any player, they’d tell you they still have work to do. With a colossal matchup with Penn State ahead, there’s not time to celebrate. Even after entering the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time in school history. Since Minnesota hasn’t beaten any elite teams, they know how important the game on Saturday is for their resume. For now, fans continue gushing over their 8-0 start.

Minnesota Gophers ranking: 17th

Where they should be ranked: 11th

Thoughts: Minnesota remains on a role lately, and they’re getting production on both sides of the ball. The magic Fleck brought from Western Michigan continues in Minnesota, but they’ll need more than magic to make the playoff. It all starts Saturday. Minnesota’s remaining schedule provides their toughest opponents, but winning out means they belong in the playoff. For now, they’re sitting far behind the playoff teams. If you want to cheer for an underdog, get on the Gophers bandwagon, but don’t raise your expectations too high. This team still must prove they’re an elite team, and winning against Penn State’s a great way to begin.

The committee clearly didn’t like who the Gophers played, but it’s surprising to see them ranked 17th. Baylor, ranked 12th, deserves to be ranked about Minnesota, but not by five spots. Luckily for the Gophers, they get a chance to face a playoff team in Penn State on Saturday. Too bad College GameDay didn’t want to join them for the experience.

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