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Bowl season will be tough on Big Ten

Gophers beat reporter Andy Greder picks the bowl games featuring Big Ten teams:

WEDNESDAY
QUICK LANE BOWL: MINNESOTA vs. GEORGIA TECH, 4:15 p.m., ESPN

The Gophers are 7-12 all-time in bowl games. In those 19 chances, they have never won the final regular-season game and then the bowl. Georgia Tech as the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense, so make it 20. Georgia Tech, 27-24

THURSDAY
PINSTRIPE BOWL: WISCONSIN vs. MIAMI, 4:15 p.m., ESPN

With quarterback Alex Hornibrook out after playing badly in a 35-17 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 24, the Badgers will burn backup Jack Coan’s redshirt — and might turn to incoming freshman QB Graham Mertz next season. Miami, 20-17

FRIDAY
MUSIC CITY BOWL: PURDUE vs. AUBURN, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

Boilermakers have a top 25 recruiting class for 2019 (Minnesota’s ranks 37th) and coach Jeff Brohm tweeted a video of him going down a water slide, showing how he expects to enter 2020 recruits’ Twitter messages. Auburn, 31-27

SATURDAY
PEACH BOWL: No. 7 MICHIGAN vs. No. 10 FLORIDA, 11 a.m., ESPN

The Wolverines are in one of six College Football Playoff bowls, but after their 62-39 loss to Ohio State, will miss out the playoff itself. With key players sitting out, Jim Harbaugh’s team is primed for a letdown. Florida, 24-23

MONDAY
REDBOX BOWL: MICHIGAN STATE vs. OREGON, 2 p.m., FOX

Coach Mark Dantonio’s Spartans were 10-3 a year ago, but they’re 20-17 overall and 13-14 in the Big Ten in the past three years. If that doesn’t turn around next year, well, we’ve seen how that movie ends. Oregon, 24-17

HOLIDAY BOWL: No. 22 NORTHWESTERN vs. No. 17 UTAH, 6 p.m., FS1

It was surprising to see the Wildcats come out as Big Ten West champions. What’s more surprising is how Pat Fitzgerald’s staff has seen multiple defections to Eastern Illinois. Yup, Eastern Illinois. Utah, 30-17 

TUESDAY
OUTBACK BOWL: IOWA vs. No. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE, 11 a.m., ESPN2

The Hawkeyes are in this Florida bowl for the third time in six years, and it will be a third time they lose. The Bulldogs and Utes are tied as the biggest favorites against Big Ten teams this season (seven points). Mississippi State, 34-27

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