TEMPE -- Minnesota and Iowa State are linked by geography and mediocrity.
Located in bordering states, the Golden Gophers and Cyclones both went 6-6 and had to beat teams from the Dakotas to become bowl-eligible.
They also share a desire to close out their seasons on a high note -- with a victory in the Insight Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Given their proximity, Minnesota and Iowa State would seem to be natural rivals.
Minnesota leads the all-time series 22-2-1, but the schools have met only three times since 1924.
Iowa State's only victories came in 1897 and 1898.
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