Indiana quarterback Donaven McCulley (0) is tackled in front of Minnesota linebacker Jack Gibbens (47) in the second half during an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indiana quarterback Donaven McCulley (0) is tackled in front of Minnesota linebacker Jack Gibbens (47) in the second half during an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Minnesota (8-4, Big Ten) vs. West Virginia (6-6, Big 12), Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP PLAYERS

Minnesota: LB Jack Gibbens, team-leading 86 tackles, 4 1/2 tackles-for-loss, three pass break-ups.

West Virginia: RB Leddie Brown, 1,065 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns.

NOTABLE

Minnesota: Five Minnesota offensive linemen earned all-Big Ten honors of some sort, led by first-team selections Daniel Faalele and Blaise Andries, as Minnesota had 2,575 yards rushing (most since 2014; 2,801 yards) and 25 scores (most since 2016; 34 scores) despite having used five different lead tailbacks this year.

West Virginia: Defensive lineman Dante Stills, a first-team all-Big 12 selection, has six sacks and 13 tackles for loss — both team highs.

LAST TIME

This will be the first matchup between the teams.

BOWL HISTORY

Minnesota: Fourth appearance in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, third bowl appearance in five seasons under coach P.J. Fleck.

West Virginia: First appearance in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, 39th bowl appearance in school history.

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