Syracuse is going bowling!
After some behind the scenes work by Dr. Daryl Gross and Syracuse Athletics, the Orange secured their place in a bowl on Sunday night when the bowl pairings were officially announced.
Syracuse will face Minnesota in the Texas bowl on December 27th. The Orange are 1-3 all-time against the Gophers, having lost the last two meetings (2009, 2012).
"It is great to see an ACC-Big Ten matchup in a terrific bowl game," said Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer in a release from SU Athletics. "I couldn't be happier for our senior class to have the opportunity to go to Texas and play a Big Ten school.
"One of the things I have enjoyed the most about this season is our seniors. They are tough kids who never give in. This is a perfect way for them to end their season and their Syracuse career – playing in their final game in an SU uniform in the Texas Bowl."
Minnesota finished 8-4 on the season, including wins over fellow Syracuse opponents Northwestern and Penn State. The Gophers defense gives up only 22.3 points per game, good for 27th in the country.
Similar to Syracuse, that is the strength of their team. They score only 26.4 points per game, 80th in the nation. They are a running team, averaging over 200 yards on the ground per contest.
Junior David Cobb is their best offensive weapon with over 1,100 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. He ran for over 100 yards in five of their last six games. Syracuse, on the other hand, did not allow a 100-yard rusher all season. The only team in division one football to do so.
A warmer climate and a Big Ten opponent with a $1.7 million dollar bowl payout. Not bad for a 6-6 bowl team.
"We are thrilled and honored to be selected for the Texas Bowl," said Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "This reward for Coach Shafer, his staff and the hard-working student-athletes was earned through desire and dedication in the building of our football program. We look forward to the great experience that awaits all in the Syracuse family in Houston."
The bowl berth marks the third time in four seasons that Syracuse will participate in college football's postseason.