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ACC/Big Ten Challenge 2012: Minnesota To Face Florida State

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. For more on the Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.


The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge is now set with 12 games set to take place over Nov. 27-28. ESPNannounced the full schedule for the 2012-13 iteration of the challenge early on Monday. All 12 games will be televised in some form on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Over the past 13 challenge, the ACC has taken 10 of them. The Big Ten did win the past three Challenges though, so they've got that going for them.

Minnesota will be in action on Tuesday, Nov. 27, as the Golden Gophers will take on Florida State on the road. Minnesota just barely made ESPN's early Top 25 rankings, sitting at No. 25. Here's what ESPN had to say in those rankings:

The Gophers got tremendous news when Trevor Mbakwe was deemed eligible for a sixth year and then agreed to come back. Led by the much-improved Rodney Williams, Minnesota played reasonbly well and reached the NIT final without the injured Mbakwe. If they have him healthy for a full season -- with their top five scorers back and nearly the entire bench -- there is no reason why the Gophers can't be a contender for a top-four finish in the Big Ten.

Florida State, Minnesota's competition in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, did not make that Top 25. This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in the Challenge, with Minnesota winning in 2000, and Florida State taking the two more recent in 2004 and 2007.

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