Virginia (6-5) vs. Minnesota (7-4)
Time/site/TV: 9 a.m. today; Nashville, Tenn; ESPN.
Line: Minnesota by 5.
Payout per team: $780,000.
Bowl records: Minnesota 5-5, Virginia 6-9.
Series: First meeting.
Analysis: Minnesota seeks its second consecutive Music City win and third in four years. The Cavaliers lost their last two games and both coordinators on Al Groh’s coaching staff. The game features two of the nation’s top offensive linemen, Golden Gophers C Greg Eslinger and Virginia T D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Minnesota has two 1,000-yard rushers, with Gary Russell effectively backing up Laurence Maroney.
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