Skip to main content

Gophers headed to Outback Bowl to face Auburn

The Gophers are heading to their first New Year's Day bowl since 2015.

The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team's regular season ended in disappointment, but their bowl game assignment will at the very least have them heading somewhere warm. 

After finishing 10-2 and ranking as high as eighth in the College Football Playoff poll, the Gophers were passed over for a New Year's Six bowl game and will head to the Outback Bowl as the No. 18 team in the CFP rankings against the No. 12 Auburn Tigers. 

The Tigers are coming off of a 9-3 season led by quarterback sensation Bo Nix. The freshman put up modest numbers through the air for the Tigers, throwing for 2,366 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, but was also a threat on the ground, running for 301 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Gophers will also have its hands full with the Auburn defense led by defensive line standouts Marlon Davidson (team-leading six sacks) and Derrick Brown (four sacks). The Tigers ranked 19th in the FBS in yards allowed and 13th in scoring defense, which in turn led them to a 9-3 record and wins over Alabama and Oregon.

For Minnesota, this will be their first New Year's Day bowl since they played in the Citrus Bowl in 2015. The Outback Bowl will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay and will be played at 12 p.m. CT on New Year's Day.

Tickets are available here. More info about ticket allotment and student tickets here

Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. 

Minnesota had been rumored to be a possible opponent for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide were selected to the Citrus Bowl against Michigan. 

Next Up

kimmel morari screengrab collage

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel mocks men's sex aid made by MN company

"This is an app I won't be [down]loading," Kimmel said.

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 8.58.56 AM

Man hospitalized after snowmobile crash in Stearns County

The crash occurred east of State Highway 238 in Albany Township.


Indicators of COVID in wastewater skyrocketing in Twin Cities

Wastewater detection can serve as a predictor for rising and falling case levels.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Girl arrested for allegedly shooting her mother in northern MN

The incident occurred in Morcom Township Sunday afternoon.

voyageurs trail camera

Video: Voyageurs camera captures remarkable footage of wildlife trail

There were wolves, moose, bears, lynx, a fisher, marten and other animals.

town hall brewery

Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis closes temporarily

The owner cites the omicron variant and impending vaccine/testing requirements in Minneapolis.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

2 shootings in Brooklyn Park minutes apart; 1 injured

One person was almost hit, while a second person suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Willmar Police Department

Police: Suspect arrested in Willmar after firing gun at officer

The incident led to a manhunt that lasted into early Sunday morning.

Monti Ossenfort

Vikings lead off general manager interviews with Monti Ossenfort

Several candidates will interview for the job this week.

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.


Screen Shot 2019-11-10 at 9.43.19 AM

Can the Gophers actually make the College Football Playoff?

It's the best start to a Gopher football season in 115 years.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson dominates as Gophers win Outback Bowl

Johnson put a bow on his historic career at the University of Minnesota.

Gopher Football

Gopher football to decline potential invitation to bowl game

The Gophers' eventful season ends with a 3-4 record.

P.J. Fleck

Kid dresses up as Fleck for Halloween, meets Gophers head coach

One fan dressed up as the Gophers' head coach including a shaved head, headset and playcalling sheet.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to play West Virginia.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Michigan humbles Gophers in primetime

The Wolverines handed the Gophers a 49-24 defeat on Saturday night.

College Gameday

Gophers to host 'College Gameday' for season opener

The Gophers will host ESPN's kickoff show for the second straight year.