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GUARANTEED RATE BOWL GAME THREAD: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers — Pre-game updates, TV info, and more

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Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers look to end the 2021 season on a high note with a win over the Golden Gophers in the desert

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GAME VITALS

Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Time: 10:15PM ET

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona



WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: ESPN; DirecTV 206, DISH 140

Announcers: Dave Fleming (PBP), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Stormy Buonantony (reporter)

Online Streaming: Watch ESPN with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 80, XM 80 | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android)

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi (PBP), Dwight Wallace (analyst) and Jed Drenning (sideline)

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DEGENERATE GAMBLIN’

Odds current at time of publication and provided by DraftKings. Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.*

Minnesota is a 5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, and -200 on the moneyline. That makes West Virginia a +170 moneyline underdog, with the point total set at 45 points.



THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Minneapolis, Minnesota

Series History: This will be the first ever meeting between West Virginia and Minnesota.

2021 Record: 8-4, 6-3 Big Ten

Head Coach: PJ Fleck (5th season)

Wisconsin v Minnesota Photo by David Berding/Getty Images



PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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