Minnesota: Another dose of disrespect? Gophers the underdog in early betting lines Howard Sinker, Minneapolis Star-Tribune · October 30, 2019 at 1:22 am Is this another dose of disrespect? It started when the cynics looked at Minnesota’s football schedule and noted that a good record in 2019 would be compromised by the fact that the Gophers’ crossover games in the Big Ten included Rutgers and Maryland instead of Ohio State and Michigan. You can still hear that one now and then, and even if it’s the truth, it’s probably time to move on. Then the Gophers won their three nonconference games and the skeptics noted they weren’t overly impressive in beating South Dakota State (an FCS team) by one touchdown, Fresno State (which has struggled to a 3-4 record) on a final-minute score and Georgia Southern (a close call against a team with a 4-3 record from a flimsy conference) with a late-game comeback.