Minnesota's SEC opponent not yet picked

Updated: November 28, 2004, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota will play in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 31, athletics director Joel Maturi said Sunday.

"They've officially invited the Gophers, and we have officially accepted," Maturi told WCCO Radio.

Minnesota will play an SEC opponent at noon ET, he said, adding that an opponent had yet to be named.

The team scheduled a news conference for Sunday afternoon.

The Gophers started this season 5-0 and were ranked as high as No. 13 in both major polls, fueling speculation that they might play in a prestigious New Year's Day bowl game. However, they lost five of their last six games to finish 6-5 overall -- 3-5 in the Big Ten and eighth in the conference.

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