NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Two teams heading in opposite directions at the end of the regular season meet for the first time when Arkansas takes on Minnesota in the Music City Bowl.
Arkansas (9-4) had won six straight games before falling to Georgia, 30-3, in the Southeastern Conference championship game December 7.
The Razorbacks, who finished 5-3 in the SEC West Division, ranked last in the conference in passing (129.0 yards per game) under quarterback Matt Jones, but were first in rushing (229.6).
Fred Talley, the conference's third-leading rusher, paced the Razorbacks' ground game with 1,086 yards. Jones gained an additional 600 yards on the ground.
Minnesota (7-5) began its season with seven wins in its first eight games, but then suffered one-sided losses to Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin on consecutive weeks in November. It allowed an average of 42 points during the four-game losing streak.
The Gophers, who finished 3-5 in the Big Ten Conference, have not won since beating Michigan State, 28-7, on October 19.
Minnesota was paced by the backfield tandem of Terry Jackson and Thomas Tapeh. Jackson, the Big Ten's fourth-leading runner, rushed for 1,281 yards and six touchdowns and Tapeh contributed 806 yards and seven scores.
The Gophers were third in the Big Ten in rushing (213.3 yards per game), but just 10th in passing (164.6) under Asad Abdul-Khaliq.
Arkansas is making its 33rd bowl appearance, but is just 10-19-3 all-time. The Razorbacks have lost their last two bowl games, including a 10-3 setback to Oklahoma in the 2002 Cotton Bowl.
Minnesota is just 2-5 in the postseason. The Golden Gophers have dropped their last three bowl games, including a 38-30 loss to North Carolina State in the 2000 Micronpc.com Bowl in their last appearance.