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Sign of the times: Unbeaten Gophers 28.5-point favorites vs. Rutgers

The Gophers are gaining respect, from Vegas at least. 

After a 6-0 start to the season and a No. 20 ranking, the Gophers are 28.5-point favorites to Rutgers for this Saturday's road game. That's staggering, considering the Gophers were only 17-point favorites to Georgia Southern, a Group of Five team on its backup quarterback, earlier this season. 

The Gophers are 3-0 in the Big Ten with their first national ranking in the Associated Press top-25 poll since 2014. Rutgers, meanwhile, is 1-5 and winless in the conference after firing coach Chris Ash after Week 4.

The last time the Gophers were this heavy of favorites was 2010 against South Dakota, according to a spokesman for BetOnline.ag. He shared some insight on games from the past 20 years with a big Gophers advantage:

1. Sept. 16, 2006 vs. Temple, Gophers were 41.5-point favorites, won 62-0 and covered
2. Sept. 20, 2003 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, they were a 34.5-point favorites, won 48-14 but didn’t cover 
3. Sept. 17, 2005 vs. Florida Atlantic, they were 33-point favorites, won 46-7 and covered 
4. Sept. 21, 2002 vs. Buffalo, they were 31-point favorites, won 42-17 but didn’t cover 
5. August 30, 2003 vs, Tulsa, they were 31-point favorites, won 49-10 and covered 
6. Sept. 11, 2010 vs. South Dakota, they were 29.5-point favorites, lost 41-38 and didn’t cover 
7. Nov. 1, 2003 vs. Indiana, they were 28.5-point favorites, won 55-7 and covered 
8. Sept. 1, 2000 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, they were 27.5-point favorites, won 47-10 and covered 
9. Sept. 11, 1999 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, they were 26.5-point favorites, won 35-0 and covered 
10. Sept. 14, 2013 vs. Western Illinois, they were 26.5-point favorites, won 29-12 but didn’t cover 

Gophers No. 20 in AP college football poll, first top 25 ranking since 2014

 

 

For the first time in the P.J. Fleck era, the Gophers are ranked.

The Associated Press top-25 poll put the Gophers at No. 20 on Sunday, after a decisive 34-7 win against Nebraska on Saturday. It's the first ranking for the program since spending one week at No. 22 in 2014.

The Gophers are 6-0 for the first time since 2003 and 3-0 in the Big Ten conference. They are also on an eight-game winning streak dating back to last season. They are one of 12 undefeated teams remaining in the FBS.

The Gophers rank No. 20 in the USA Today coaches' poll as well.