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Minnesota Football: Bowl projections after Week 11

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The bowl predictors are wearing rose-colored glasses

Penn State v Minnesota Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Two weeks ago, the prognosticators seemed certain that the Minnesota Golden Gophers were headed to the Sunshine State to celebrate the New Year. But Saturday’s 31-26 victory over Penn State appears to have changed their outlook (with the exception of CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, who seems to expect the Gophers to stumble and cede the division to Wisconsin):

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, Pasadena, California) vs. Utah

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, Pasadena, California) vs. Utah

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm: Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, Orlando, Florida) vs. Auburn

Banner Society’s Jason Kirk: Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, Pasadena, California) vs. Utah

College Football News: Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, Pasadena, California) vs. Utah

Again, these predictions are educated guesses at best and a lot can happen between now and that first Saturday of December, but the possibility of a return to the Rose Bowl is exciting.