Gophers Football Headed to Citrus Bowl

Citrus Bowl

For the third straight year, the University of Minnesota will be headed to a bowl game. The Gophers will take on the Missouri Tigers January 1 in the Citrus Bowl held in Orlando, Florida.

“I’m excited for our players — they’ve worked so hard,” Coach Jerry Kill said. “I’m excited for our university and for our fans and state. I think it’s a great thing for all of us.”

The bowl game bid was announced Sunday. The Tigers are 10-3 but coming off of a loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game.

With both teams coming off of losses and hoping to prove themselves against a tough opponent, the game looks to be a competitive battle and a positive step for the Gophers.

The Gophers (9-3) have five first-team All-Big Ten selections and had implications on the other nine bowl-eligible teams in the Big Ten, each of which made a bowl game.

For the Gophers, the game is the first New Year’s bowl game since the Rose Bowl in 1962 and their third straight bowl game.¬†Last year’s team lost 21-17 to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl.

The Gophers most unfortunate loss to Illinois this year allowed the Illini to sneak into the Heart of Dallas Bowl at 6-6 against Louisiana Tech.

The Citrus Bowl will air January 1st at noon on ABC with tickets available here.

 

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