It's official: Gophers to face Syracuse in Texas Bowl


In an expected result, the Gopher football team is headed to Houston to play in the Texas Bowl Dec. 27.

It is Minnesota's second consecutive year playing their bowl game in Houston, as they lost to Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl 34-31 last season.

Minnesota was projected to face Texas Tech again, but Syracuse won their final game to become bowl eligible, and the Texas Bowl elected to go that route, with the Orange accepting the invitation.

Early steam had the maroon and gold in the Gator Bowl, a more prestigious Jan. 1 game, but the Big Ten will be represented by Nebraska in that one, as they'll take on Georgia.

The meeting between Minnesota and Syracuse will be of the something's-got-to-give ilk, as the Gophers finished the season 34th in rushing yards, while the Orange didn't allow a 100-yard rusher the entire season.

Syracuse also relies on the run, and they do it well, ranking 39th of 125 FBS teams.

What are the Gophers chances? Well, the Orange lost to No. 2 Florida State 59-3 last month and were shut out by unranked Georgia Tech 56-0 earlier this season.

That being said, they've taken care of business against the teams they should, beating Wake Forest and Maryland among others, in low scoring affairs.

The game is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff and will be shown on ESPN.

Next Up


Pandemic pushes need for cybersecurity and I.T. professionals to forefront

University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping meet demand with online master’s programs

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 5.01.58 PM

Body found floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

Efforts to identify the deceased are underway.

Hennepin County Government Center

Judge finds suspect guilty in 1991 murder of young Minneapolis woman

A 58-year-old man from South St. Paul, who was 29 at the time, has been found guilty of stabbing a 20-year-old woman

northfield community education center

Northfield school fires employee who allegedly gave melatonin to infant

It's against district policies to give a child anything without a parents' permission.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.

covid-19, coronavirus

Latest county infection rates are sky-high throughout Minnesota

Kandiyohi County is one of the hardest hit counties in the state.

Jenna Fish

Family's warning after teen's tragic death from CO poisoning at Thanksgiving

A 17-year-old girl from Delano died after Thanksgiving due to carbon monoxide poisoning.


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.