P.J. Fleck's rah-rah campaign at Minnesota yielded very little during his first two seasons as the Gophers stumbled to 5-7 and 7-6 records. The man who captured lightning in a bottle at Western Michigan and rode to a New Year's Day bowl has sparked all sorts of measured optimism this fall as Minnesota sits at 5-0 with an extremely favorable schedule on tap.

The non-conference slate was a study in pulling out one-score victories. Through two games of the Big Ten, Minnesota has found a way to beat Purdue and Illinois. Not the most inspiring stuff but then again the West offers very little in the form of resistance outside of Wisconsin.

It is entirely possible, if not probable that the Gophers take care of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to enter the Penn State game at 8-0.