After finishing second in the Big Ten West, the 8-4 Minnesota Golden Gophers will face the 6-6 West Virginia Mountaineers in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on December 28th in Phoenix.

The Golden Gophers have allowed only 284.8 yards per game — fourth nationally and fewest by a Minnesota defense since 1966 (225.1) — 18.25 points per game, a program-best since the turn of the century.

West Virginia has won four of its last six games after losing three straight to open Big 12 conference play.

This will be the first-ever matchup between the Mountaineers and Gophers.

The Guaranteed Rate Bowl kicks off at 9:15 pm CT on December 28th on ESPN.

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