MORGANTOWN — The WVU football team is headed west for its bowl game with a spot in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl against the Big Ten’s Minnesota.
The game is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. start Dec. 28 on ESPN at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix. It is the second time the Mountaineers have played in this bowl — the last was following the 2015 season, then known as the Cactus Bowl — a 43-42 win over Arizona State.
WVU finished the regular season at 6-6, winning four of its final six games down the stretch to earn bowl eligibility. It’s the second season the Mountaineers are going to a bowl game folIowing a 24-21 win over Army in last season’s Liberty Bowl.
Minnesota (8-4) finished fifth overall in the Big 12 and second in the Big Ten West, ending the season with two wins against Wisconsin and Indiana. The Golden Gophers have never played in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl before.
This will be the first meeting between the Mountaineers and Golden Gophers.
This story will be updated.