After a season of significant ups and downs, the Chippewas find themselves in a bowl game for the second straight season in John Bonamego's inaugural season as the head coach in Mt. Pleasant. At 7-5, Central Michigan has a chance to finish with eight wins for the first time since 2009. In the Quick Lane Bowl, the Chippewas will play the Minnesota Gophers (5-7, 2-6 Big Ten). We asked Mark Mowery, writer at The Daily Gopher, SB Nation's Minnesota blog, some questions about the upcoming match-up at Ford Field.
Hustle Belt: Many are skeptical of Minnesota even being in a bowl game. What do you say to those who don't think a team with a losing record shouldn't be in a bowl game?
What was the initial reaction of Gopher fans to the pairing of their team with Central Michigan?