For the third time under head coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota is headed to a bowl game.
A win over Wisconsin on Saturday advanced the Gophers’ record to 8-4 and, in theory, set them up for a better postseason destination.
The projections for Minnesota, however, are all over the place. A Jan. 1 game? Yup, possible. A lower-tier game played in December on a Tuesday or Wednesday? Also in the realm, it seems.
The prognostications are all over the map, quite literally: From the East Coast (New York, Florida) to the West (Las Vegas, Arizona) and even in between (Nashville).
With the bowls set to be announced Sunday after all the conference championships, here’s how things are projected for Minnesota:
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com: Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Tennessee
Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach of ESPN ($): Bonagura – Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Arizona State; Schlabach – Outback Bowl (Jan. 1) vs. Arkansas
Stewart Mandel of The Athletic ($): Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. West Virginia
Richard Johnson of SI.com: Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29) vs. Miami
Brett McMurphy of Action Network: Music City Bowl vs. Arkansas (and Gophers are listed a 5.5-point underdog)
Collegefootballnews.com: Outback Bowl vs. Arkansas
Steve Lassan of Athlon Sports: Las Vegas Bowl vs. UCLA
Jim Tomlin of Saturday Tradition: Outback Bowl vs. Arkansas
Cam Mellor of ProFootballNetwork.com: Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee
Brad Crawford of 247 Sports: Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee
Guaranteed Rate – 1. Opponent: West Virginia (6-6, 4-5 Big 12)
Pinstripe – 1. Opponent: Miami (7-5, 5-3 ACC)
Music City – 4. Opponents: Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC), Tennessee (7-5, 4-4)
Las Vegas: 2. Opponents: Arizona State (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12), UCLA (8-4, 6-3)
Outback: 3. Opponent: Arkansas