MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After an exciting winning streak, it’s hard not to deny Saturday’s game was a let-down for Gophers fans in Iowa. Minnesota fell to the Hawkeyes, 23 to 19.

Whether it’s the Minnesota Nice or locals still have a lot of trust in this team, Gopher fans WCCO talked to in Iowa City were very optimistic about the outcome and the rest of the season.

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“9-1 is better than 0-9,” one said.

“It was an awesome game, great atmosphere. Iowa ended up out-playing the Gophers, but you know what? Ski-U-Mah! We’ve got two more games left, take care of business in northwestern Wisconsin and we’ll be in the Big 10 championship game,” another said.

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A lot of Gopher fans watched the game from home turf. At a watch party at Stub and Herbs bar in Dinkytown an optimistic Gopher fan was just happy it was a good fight and not a blowout loss.

“I think we still control our destiny. I’m not that worried about it. If I’m delusionally optimistic I think we’re going to win out, beat Ohio State and still go to the playoffs,” Michael Eddy said.

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Gophers are on the road again next weekend, taking on Northwestern University. In two weeks, it will be their rivalry game against Wisconsin.

Marielle Mohs