Guaranteed Rate Bowl 2021

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia vs. Minnesota

A bowl game that'll bore you to death, I guarantee it — or your money back!

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Chase Field (Phoenix)

Time: Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m. EST on ESPN

Teams: West Virginia (6–6) versus Minnesota (8–4)

Line: Minnesota -3.5

Summary

Remember when Minnesota hung with Ohio State, almost lost to Miami (OH), beat the brakes off of Colorado, and then lost to Bowling Green? We sure do! How could we forget?

To say it's been an up-and-down season for the Gophers would be an understatement, but they've rallied towards the end to win six of their last eight games, including a convincing win against Wisconsin. Their defense is going to be the difference here, allowing them to control the game on offense and pull off the win.

Also: as a diehard West Virginia Mountaineers fan for the entirety of my life, I can't stress how underwhelming this team is. Jarret Doege will throw 3 INTs and it'll get ugly.

Our Pick

I think nothing summarizes modern college football better than a team on the East Coast and a team in the Midwest playing a meaningless scrimmage game in the southwest that neither fan base can attend, starting at 10:15p.m. EST on a work night.

Still, I hate to say it, but Minnesota wins. (Full disclosure: I get the added benefit of my team winning if I'm wrong. Kinda win-win).

The Score: Minnesota in a rout, 30-13

Bowls

Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.