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Quick Lane Bowl preview: Minnesota vs. Central Michigan

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Minnesota is one of three teams in the nation that is in a bowl despite having a losing record. Regardless of your opinion about 5-7 teams bowling, it’s a chance for the Golden Gophers to finish the season on an up-note after they lost five of their last six games coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons that had fueled optimism.

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Dienhart: My player on the spot in every Big Ten bowl game

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jackson finds the end zone at Wisconsin

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The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win.

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