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Around the B1G: Minnesota Gophers hate the passing game?



In an effort to help bring you the most complete and in depth coverage, we’re not only going to bring you our original content, but we’re going to also highlight some of the best writers and sites from across the conference. Each week we’ll highlight at least one story from outside our coverage per school. Up next is a look at a great article from our friends at The Daily Gopher

And as we enter year four of Jerrysota, I need to be OK with this because it’s a philosophy that is likely not going to change. Last Saturday the Gophers were up 28-0 at halftime, and had just flat walloped MTSU. The offense had rolled while the defense had dominated, and the second half seemed to be only a formality on the way to a 2-0 start. Now as a fan, all I have to go on is what I see in games, and what we’ve seen in games in the Kill Era is a struggling passing game. To appease my fears of another horrific season trying desperately to throw the ball only when they desperately need to throw it, this second half seemed like the perfect time to work on a few basic passing plays to build the confidence of Leidner, his receivers, and perhaps the fan base in general.

Some teams would look at a big halftime lead against an inferior opponent as just that- an opportunity to work on some things in a live game environment, which is a valuable experience and teaching tool for the players. They trust the defense enough to keep the other team in check, and IF something crazy happens and the opposition starts to get frisky, they can always go back to what they did in the first half that got them the huge lead in the first place…

You can read more from the article here.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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