8-0 Gophers share 'bandwagon application' for fans

Considering the Gophers are 8-0, there sure seems to be a lot of hostility.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Sitting atop the Big Ten West Division standings, the Golden Gophers football team is as confident as its been in recent memory – maybe since the last time the Gophers won a Big Ten title 52 years ago in 1967. 

With that, you can now jump on the Gophers bandwagon by filling out this application, which the Gophers cheekily shared with the public on Monday. 

The attempt at having a little fun hasn't been met with enthusiasm by all. 

Scott Korzenowski, a sports radio host with KFAN, tweeted: "Not exactly the way I would market the Penn State game. Gophers FB hasn't seriously contended for a Big Ten title in 52 years. Gophers marketing should not deride those among us who have wisely tuned them out."

That leads to the debate about Gophers fans filling TCF Bank Stadium, which hasn't happened often and certainly was the cause for reaction when Minnesota didn't sell out Saturday's Big Ten game against Maryland. 

The debate accelerated over the weekend after Gophers diehard Nadine Babu tweeted a photo of empty seats in the upper level of TCF Bank Stadium during Minnesota's 52-10 victory.

She says she snapped the picture early in the third quarter when the Gophers were up by about four touchdowns. 

The official attendance for the game was 44,715 fans, shy of TCF Bank Stadium's 50,805 capacity. Still, it was a larger crowd than the Nebraska game (43,502) and much bigger than their home game against Illinois (39,341). 

The only home game with with a larger crowd this season was the opener against South Dakota State (49,112), and that was a border battle featuring one of top teams in the FCS. 

Yet, when the Gophers are undefeated and ranked in the top 20 nationally, it's sellout or bust for some, including former Gophers running back Kobe McCrary, who retweeted Babu's photo, saying: "I’m telling you! Our fans are horrible.. 8-0 but still talk bad about the team?! This (expletive) crazy.. y’all gotta do better." 

We'll see if the bandwagon application results in more fans showing up for the battle of undefeated when Minnesota and Penn State, both 8-0, meet on Saturday, Nov. 9. 

Follow BMTN Sports on Twitter

Next Up

Willmar Police Department

'Errant bullet' goes through garage wall, kills Willmar man

The man was working in his garage when he was shot, witnesses said.

Screen Shot 2021-01-16 at 10.59.00 PM

Wild tie Kings with 2 seconds left, win in overtime

Another incredible finish for the Wild.

Screen Shot 2021-01-16 at 6.53.17 PM

Mike Lindell's MyPillow offering discounts using the code 'Qanon'

The Shakopee-based company is under the microscope because of the recent actions of its owner.

Surly Brewing

Facing aluminum can shortage, Surly unveils solution: 'Cantyhose'

The brewery came up with a creative way to repurpose unused cans.

Liam Robbins

Gophers stay perfect at home by crushing 7th-ranked Michigan

Liam Robbins and Marcus Carr were too much for the previously undefeated Wolverines.

police lights

Four teens arrested over robberies in Minneapolis

They teens were found in a vehicle that was taken during an earlier carjacking.

Boundary Waters/BWCA

All BWCA visitors will now have to watch three 'Leave No Trace' videos

Visitors left an "unacceptably high amount" of damage last year.

ambulance

Ten fatal overdoses in past 6 weeks reported in region of northern MN

Law enforcement agencies have issued a plea to the general public.

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Bracing for security threats, federal courthouses closing in Minnesota

Security is also being ramped up at the state capitol.

N95 mask

3M sues Florida company that sold 10K counterfeit N95 masks to HCMC

The Maplewood company has obtained a temporary injunction against the firm.

Related

TCF Bank Stadium

Gopher fans win battle over tailgating, parking ban

The ban at the popular park near the stadium was announced Tuesday, then quickly overturned.

Report shows ugly truth about Gophers football attendance

Far fewer fans are at the games than announced attendance suggests.

College GameDay

Winter storm to impact 'College GameDay' and Gophers game

The show is from 8-11 a.m. and the game starts at 2:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2019-10-19 at 7.44.47 PM

Gophers rally for cancer research ahead of border battle

Two prominent Gopher names are leading the effort.

Screen Shot 2019-11-17 at 12.27.38 PM

Here is the updated 8-game Gopher football schedule

A huge battle against Michigan to open the season.

Screen Shot 2019-09-28 at 7.11.20 PM

Gophers climb 9 spots to No. 8 in College Football Playoff rankings

Minnesota is the fastest rising team in the country.