Chip Scoggins is a Star Tribune sports columnist. He previously covered the Minnesota Vikings for four years, starting in 2008. In addition, he covered college football for five years. Chip has been with the Star Tribune since January 2000. He can be followed on twitter at @chipscoggins.Find Chip on Facebook.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN -- I was here in 2005 when the Gophers claimed the Little Brown Jug with a 23-20 victory against Michigan.
That game felt like a lifetime ago after witnessing the Gophers get pummeled 58-0 by the Wolverines on Saturday. I wrote about the Gophers awful defensive performance for my column, but really you could pick any number of angles from this debacle.
Every facet of the program deserves blame today and you wonder when/if things are going to turnaround for this program.
We've said and written many times that Tim Brewster left the program in complete disarray. Everyone knows that. The difference in talent level between the Gophers and North Dakota State was non-existent last week so you can imagine how it looked Saturday against Michigan.
But honestly, this team is getting worse by the week. They're going backwards. It's hard to find any signs of progress right now, and the Gophers haven't even hit the hardest part of their schedule yet.
I covered Brewster's 1-11 season in 2007, and this season sure looks a lot like that one. They are a mess on both sides of the ball and Jerry Kill continues to highlight the lack of talent on the roster. You wonder how long it will take before this program becomes even competent again.
I wrote this state-of-the-program column on the day of the season opener that acknowledged this rebuilding job is going to take time. But I honestly didn't think things would be this bad.