The sixteenth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers will face No. 9 Auburn on January 1st in the Outback Bowl.

It will be the first trip to Tampa for the Gophers, who shocked the nation by starting 9-0 before stumbles against Iowa and Wisconsin cost them the Big Ten West.

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The Tigers finished 9-3 in the regular season, one capped by a wild 48-45 win over rival Alabama.

The Outback Bowl will also be the first meeting between Auburn and Minnesota.