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Quick Lane Bowl Preview Capsule

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Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Minnesota (5-7), Monday, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Minnesota by 4 1/2

Series Record: Minnesota leads 1-0


The Golden Gophers hope to end the season on a solid note after reaching a bowl despite a losing record. Minnesota is in this game because not enough teams reached six wins to fill all the bowls. Central Michigan is the only Mid-American Conference team facing a Power Five school this postseason, and the Chippewas will try to represent their league well.


CMU QB Cooper Rush against Minnesota's defense. Rush has completed 67 percent of his passes this season for 3,703 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Gophers will need to contain him.


CMU: DB Kavon Frazier. The senior leads the team in tackles and also has an interception, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt.

Minnesota: QB Mitch Leidner. The Minnesota signal caller has completed 218 passes this season, a school record for a junior.


CMU's Brian Eavey has made 16 FGs this season and needs five more to break the school's single-season record. . CMU has won the time of possession battle in 10 of its 12 games this year. . Tracy Claeys took over as Minnesota's coach in October after Jerry Kill resigned for health reasons. . The Gophers are one of 13 schools with three or fewer seniors at the offensive skill positions - quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end.


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