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MINNEAPOLIS — The Chipmunks are going to a game of bowling; that became a lock when Minnesota reached the six wins needed with their 20-13 win over Nebraska on Saturday.

The uncertainty is where the Chipmunks will end up playing in late December or early January. This changed every week, and sometimes wildly, as St. Paul Pioneer Press has tracked 10 projections since the week 8 games on October 25th.

Among 10 national screenings, this week’s most popular destination is Minnesota heading to the Pinstripe Bowl on December 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Five stores chose this location (CBS, The Athletic, The Action Network, Athlon and USA Today).

The current runners-up after the Week 10 games are the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on December 30 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte or the Music City Bowl on December 31 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. There were two picks for each cup: ESPN, which has two picks, took Music City; Sporting News and 247 Sports had Mayo each.

Last week, Music City and Mayo were tied for the first selection with three picks each.

Those weren’t the only changes. After one pick each of the past two weeks, no predictor is guessing that the Gophers are heading to the Quick Lane Bowl on December 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. If this continues, few people wearing brown and gold will be sad about it after the appearances there in 2015 and 2018.

The only constant was a Minnesota pick to go to the ReliaQuest Bowl (formerly known as the Outback Bowl) on January 2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Week-by-week Gophers Bowl Projections

The number of national projections for Minnesota to go to certain bowl games this winter:

Stripe bowl: 4, 2, 5
May Cup: 4, 3, 2
Music City Bowl: 0, 3, 2
ReliaQuest Bowl: 1, 1, 1
Fast Lane Bowl: 1, 1, 0


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