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2020 Outback Bowl - Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Auburn Tigers

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The Outback Bowl reached an agreement with the Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences in 1995 and college football fans have witnessed a battle between teams from the Power 5 leagues every year since. That trend continues in 2019 with the first matchup between ranked teams in three years. The No. 9 Auburn Tigers are the first top-10 team to appear since the 2007 season game and will square off against No. 16 Minnesota in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

2020 Outback Bowl at a Glance

Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida


Matchup: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Auburn Tigers

Odds: Auburn -7, total 53

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Minnesota will try and avoid a disappointing finish to what is a magical season. The Gophers opened the year with nine straight wins and were in position for a Big Ten West title, a trip to the conference championship, and they even entered the College Football Playoff discussion. The undefeated campaign ended with a loss at Iowa and the division title was lost in a winner-take-all bout with Wisconsin two weeks later. Still, the Gophers did something they haven’t accomplished in 16 years – win 10 games. And it’s their first 10-win regular season in over a century. A century! Making their first appearance, Minnesota is the 10th different Big Ten team to represent the conference in the Outback Bowl putting a three-game winning streak on the line. The Gophers win in the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl stopped a seven-game bowl slide that dated back to 2005.

Sophomore Tanner Morgan turned in a wonderful season to lead Minnesota’s 50th ranked offense. He completed over 66 percent of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards with 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The run game is in the capable hands of Rodney Smith, who amassed 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns, while Shannon Brooks and Mohamed Ibrahim each had over 400 yards. Defensively the Gophers are solid allowing the 15th fewest yards per game. Antoine Winfield Jr. is a ball hawk in the secondary placing third nationally with seven picks. They will be without linebacker Kamal Martin, who is focusing on a NFL career instead.

Auburn had more losses than Minnesota during the regular season but opened as an 8-point favorite based on the schedules. The Gophers had an easy time compared to what the Tigers went through. Playing six games against teams ranked No. 17 or lower, Auburn finished the regular season with a 9-3 record. The losses were to No. 10 Florida, No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Georgia. The Tigers finished the season with a dramatic Iron Bowl victory over rival No. 5 Alabama to win at least nine games for the fourth time in Gus Malzahn’s seven years at the helm.

The Tigers have never missed a bowl opportunity under Malzahn, however he is just 2-4 in the postseason with one of those losses to Wisconsin, 34-31, in overtime in the Outback Bowl following the 2014 season. Auburn boasts one of the top defenses in the country and their speed is something the Gophers are probably not very familiar with. They gave up 45 points and a boat load of yards to Alabama, but they also held LSU to its lowest point total of the season. This is a top-20 group in total defense, run defense and scoring defense. The Tigers also possess a potent run game led by Ja’Tarvious Whitlow’s 739 yards and Bo Nix established a number of freshman school passing records.

Outback Bowl Format

In 1986, the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame looked to relocate the Hall of Fame Bowl to Tampa, Fla. This ended a nearly decade-long association with the city of Birmingham, Ala. and started a new chapter in what would eventually become the Outback Bowl.

The Hall of Fame Bowl did not have any conference affiliations and usually matched a team from the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference against another school. The first Hall of Fame game in Florida took place on December 23, 1986 at Tampa Stadium with Boston College upsetting No. 17 Georgia.

Outback Steakhouse reached a naming rights agreement with the bowl in 1995, officially changing the name to its current title. At the same time the bowl reached a pact with the SEC and Big Ten, creating a Power Five conference matchup that remains today.

Outback Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

2018 Iowa Mississippi State 27-22
2017 South Carolina Michigan 26-19
2016 Florida Iowa 30-3
2015 Tennessee Northwestern 45-6
2014 Wisconsin Auburn 34-31 (OT)
2013 LSU Iowa 21-14
2012 South Carolina Michigan 33-28
2011 Michigan State Georgia 33-30 (OT)
2010 Florida Penn State 37-24
2009 Auburn Northwestern 38-35 (OT)
2008 Iowa South Carolina 31-10
2007 Tennessee Wisconsin 21-17
2006 Penn State Tennessee 20-10
2005 Florida Iowa 31-24
2004 Georgia Wisconsin 24-21
2003 Iowa Florida 37-17
2002 Michigan Florida 38-30
2001 South Carolina Ohio State 31-28
2000 South Carolina Ohio State 24-7

Big Ten teams have appeared in the Outback Bowl in 30 of its 33 games, while a team has represented the SEC 29 times. Since an agreement was reached between the two conferences for the 1995 edition, they’ve squared off against each other every year with the SEC holding a 15-9 lead. Before that, the game was known as the Hall of Fame Bowl, so every Outback Bowl has pitted a team from the SEC against a team from the Big Ten.

The last game to include a team not from the Big Ten or SEC took place in the 1994 season when Duke represented the ACC. The Blue Devils didn’t do a very good job as they got clobbered 34-20 by Wisconsin.

Most All-Time Wins at Outback Bowl

4 South Carolina 2000, 2001, 2012, 2017
3 Florida 2005, 2010, 2016
3 Georgia 1997, 1999, 2004
3 Iowa 2003, 2008, 2018
3 Michigan 1987, 1993, 2002
3 Penn State 1995, 1998, 2006
3 Tennessee 1992, 2007, 2015

With conference ties that have remained the same for over two decades, you’re bound to see many programs making multiple trips to Tampa. Michigan and Iowa have been here the most with both teams making it to the Outback Bowl six times, and both teams have a 3-3 record.

With their win in 2017, the Gamecocks became the first team to win four Outback Bowls, breaking a tie with Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee. Syracuse, which competed as both an independent and member of the Big East in the first six years of the game, is the only team to compete in more than one game without a loss.

All five of South Carolina’s visits have taken place since the 2000 season and the Gamecocks had their first of back-to-back victories that year, knocking off Ohio State both times. South Carolina is the only school with consecutive Outback Bowl victories, and the Gamecocks have the most memorable play in the bowl’s history In 2013, Jadeveon Clowney ran unblocked through the line to blow up Michigan RB Vincent Smith behind the line of scrimmage, knocking Smith’s helmets yards backwards and recovering the fumble too.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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