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Guaranteed Rate Bowl Preview: Minnesota vs West Virginia

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 27: Tanner Morgan #2 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers looks on before the start of the game at Huntington Bank Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers defeated the Badgers 23-13. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Golden Gophers head west to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers, in the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bowl in Phoenix. Minnesota is coming off of a huge upset win over ranked Wisconsin, to take back Paul Bunyan’s axe, and collective bragging rights. The Gophers did so by shutting down Badgers’ star running back Braelon Allen, and holding him to only 47 yards. But Minnesota won’t have to worry about stopping the run game, after West Virginia running back Leddie Brown opted out of the bowl game for Draft prep. 

Game Information

Game: Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Date: Tuesday, December 28

Time: 9:15 CT

Location: Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona

Spread: (Minnesota -5), O/U 45

What’s At Stake


The Gophers have had a season that you could say was crazy. From multiple running back injuries, to losing to Bowling Green it sure has been a wild one. The only thing Minnesota has left to do, is to send off their seniors with one last win.

West Virginia

West Virginia lost their main offensive weapon in Brown, and will have to try and find a different way to get yards from scrimmage. The Mountaineers will be relying on Tony Mathis to bring them yards in the run game. Mathis has 256 yards on 59 rushes this season, including an 100+ performance last week against Kansas.

Keys To The Game


The Gophers just need to keep doing what they’ve been doing the whole year, and trust their offense and defense. The trust issues have been a lingering problem all year for PJ Fleck, and has affected the offensive play calling all year. But since the Gophers are coming off a satisfactory win against Wisconsin, everything should be in tune for the last game of the 2021 season.

West Virginia

With Brown out, The Mountaineers will straight up just need to count on quarterback Jarret Doege to get the job done. Doege has been shaky all year, but has picked up through the last couple games of the season. Doege has recorded a multi-touchdown game in the air, in his past three games.


Minnesota’s run game will remain strong, and will record two rushing touchdowns, including one from Ky Thomas and the other from Mar’Kiese Irving. Tanner Morgan will also have a strong game and dot two touchdown passes on his own. It will be a rather quiet game for West Virginia’s offense, as they will be put up to the test against Minnesota’s defense.

FINAL SCORE: Minnesota 34, West Virginia 17

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