As a MN native and NDSU alumni, it's always been well known that NDSU has had a great football program for years. MN is typically on the bottom of theirs. Close games are expected in these situations, but I fully expected NDSU to blow them out both years. Still, there has to be an odvious gap in the overall talent pool when NDSU has to play a great game to beat a D1 team that currently cannot compete. These types of upsets take place more often than we realize, but seems more extreme when it's a local setting. Recently, I've found myself weighing in on the recognition of a Bison win versus the demoralizing results for the Gophers, and the loss for the Gophers has to be much more extreme. In a nutshell, a historically terrible Gopher defense is the root of the MN program the last 30 years. Will it ever change? I've watched the Gophers put some good offense on the field, but have never known them as a defensive juggernaut of any sort. I was extremely proud of the Bison getting the win, but now when I look back after a day has gone by, it was just the Gophers. Now, it's much more intriging to say the Bison beat a Big Ten team and avoid saying the Gophers in the same sentence. I'm a fan of both programs and I'd like to see them both bring recognition to the region. I hate to say it, but I do see the Bison struggling to take another big step. For the Gophers, there's only one way to go but up in my opinion. They have a new stadium on the horizon, scholarships, and general resources to rebuild a program. The freshmen QB (Weber) has some good upside and the offense has clear promise, but if they don't figure out how to establish a respectable defense, it's really a mute point. We'll have to see what Brewster can do.