By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Quick Lane Bowl on Wednesday night. The game will kick off at 5:15 pm EST on ESPN from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The Golden Gophers bring a .500 record into the game with a 6-6 mark. They; however, just have one win on the road (1-4 overall).
The Yellow Jackets are 7-5. They have three wins on the road and are 3-3 away from Atlanta, Georgia.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Yellow Jackets have a 69% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives Georgia Tech a 65% chance to win this game.
This is the first career meeting between the two teams.
Minnesota is 7-12 all-time in Bowl games. They have won their last two Bowl games.
They defeated the Washington State Cougars 17-12 in the Holiday Bowl on December 27th, 2016 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The team also won the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl, winning 21-14 over the Central Michigan Chippewas on December 28th, 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The Golden Gophers have not lost a Bowl game since the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl when they lost 33-17 to the Missouri Tigers on January 1st, 2015 at Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
The Yellow Jackets have a 25-19 all-time Bowl record. Like the Golden Gophers, Georgia Tech has won its last two Bowl games.
They won the TaxSlayer Bowl with a 33-18 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on December 31st, 2016. They also won the Capital One Orange Bowl, 49-34, over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on December 31st, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Their last last Bowl loss came on December 30th, 2013 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl with a 25-17 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Golden Gophers won their last game of the regular season, as they won 37-15 over the Wisconsin Badgers on November 24th. Their last loss came in a 24-14 loss to then-No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats on November 17th.
Minnesota is averaging 28.5 points per game. Their offense is averaging 378.6 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 27.9 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 394.3 total yards per game.
Golden Gophers quarterback Zack Annexstad has gone 97 of 187 for 1,277 yards. He has nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Mohamed Ibrahim leads the Golden Gophers backs with 171 carries for 936 yards and seven touchdowns. Tyler Johnson leads the Golden Gophers receivers with 74 receptions for 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets were defeated 45-21 in their last regular season game to then-No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs. Their last regular season win came in a 30-27 win over the Virginia Cavaliers on November 17th.
Georgia Tech is averaging 35.6 points per game. Their offense is averaging 419.3 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 28.9 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 367.8 total yards per game.
Yellow Jackets quarterback TaQuon Marshall has gone 44 of 100 for 824 yards. He also has five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Marshall also leads the Yellow Jackets backs with 194 carries for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brad Stewart leads the Yellow Jackets receivers with 15 receptions for 268 yards and three touchdowns.