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Minnesota Football: 10 Things To Know About Today's Quick Lane Bowl Game

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  1. Both school's official school colors are Maroon and Gold.
  2. The official logo of the Chippewas is a block C that is officially called the "action C."  I'll call it the MACtion C thank you very much.
  3. Once on the NCAA's naughty list for having a "hostile and abusive" nickname, but the University received consent from the nearby Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the team remains the Chippewas, or Chips.
  4. What is Quick Lane and why are they sponsoring this bowl?  Well, it is a chain of vehicle maintenance shops owned and operated by Ford dealerships.  Oil changes, brakes and other light repairs.  Nearly 800 locations around the country.
  5. The Quick Lane Bowl is the only bowl hosted and run by an NFL team.
  6. Quick Lane is supporting Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in building awareness and raising funds throughout bowl game's festivities.  Ford Motor Company has donated $50,000 to the DAV and the Quick Lane Bowl will donate $10 for every ticket purchased through the DAV at this website.
  7. The last bowl game win for the Chips was a win over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza (Pizza) Bowl.  Minnesota?  It was a win over Alabama in the 2004 Music City Bowl.
  8. Nine of the Gopher's 12 opponents this season will be playing in a bowl game (really 10 out of 13 if you include the Chips).
  9. The Gophers will be starting 11 seniors today.  10 on offense or defense and then 1 punter who also was the NCAA Holder of the Year.  Eight seniors for the Chips will be playing in their final game.  All will be playing in their final games wearing maroon and gold.
  10. There are quite a few Chips on current NFL rosters.  Lead most notably by Antonio Brown (Steelers WR), Eric Fischer (#1 overall pick in 2013 and Chief's OT), JJ Watt (played 1 season as a Chip before walking on at Wisconsin) and Thomas Rawls (rookie RB who saved my fantasy season for a few weeks).

There you have 10 fascinating facts to help prep you for tonight's game.  In case you've forgotten  here are some of the important things to know for the game.

TIME: 4:00 PM
TV: ESPN2
LOCATION: Detroit, MI, Ford Field
TWITTER: @QuickLaneBowl