MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota will play in the Music City Bowl in
Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 31, athletics director Joel Maturi said
"They've officially invited the Gophers, and we have officially
accepted," Maturi told WCCO Radio.
Minnesota will play an SEC opponent at noon ET, he said, adding that an opponent had yet to be named.
The team scheduled a news conference for Sunday afternoon.
The Gophers started this season 5-0 and were ranked as high as
No. 13 in both major polls, fueling speculation that they might
play in a prestigious New Year's Day bowl game. However, they lost five
of their last six games to finish 6-5 overall -- 3-5 in the Big Ten
and eighth in the conference.