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To beat the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into the game. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Friday, December 28th, 9:00 ET
Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Betting Odds: Texas Tech -13
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech Live TV Coverage: ESPN
By all rights, these two teams shouldn’t be on the same field together. Minnesota is one of the worst bowl teams in the land this year after going 6-6 and beating up on teams that were really just all bad this year, while Texas Tech went a sturdy 7-5 in the rough and tumble Big XII, where short of a game against Kansas, there were no de facto bye weeks on a regular basis like the Gophers got the chance to play. Texas Tech’s offense is also on a totally different level to that of Minnesota, as the Red Raiders are going to sling the ball all over the field with all sorts of gusto, while the Gophers more or less have to matriculate the ball down the field to have any chance of scoring.
At the outset of the year, WR AJ Barker and QB Max Shortell were the two main cogs in this offense. Shortell stunk. Barker got annoyed with Head Coach Jerry Kill and left the team. And now, there really isn’t a heck of a lot left for the Minnesota offense to choose from. RB Donnell Kirkwood did rush for 848 yards and five scores this year, but he is the only player on the team that had more than 331 rushing yards or more than 267 receiving yards. No receiver that is going to be playing had more than 19 receptions either.
Compare that to the play of men like QB Seth Doege, WR Eric Ward, WR Darrin Moore… the list goes on and on of the Red Raiders that you know. It seems like this should be a slam dunk, right? Maybe not so much. Texas Tech might struggle with a Minnesota secondary that is a lot more talented than you would think. This unit did hold teams down to just 178.5 passing yards per game this year, though we know that the Red Raiders will end up with more than that when push comes to shove. Also remember that the last time these two met was the 2006 Insight Bowl, a game in which T-Tech was supposed to roll. Instead, the Red Raiders needed overtime to put the guns up once and for all, winning that game 44-41. We wouldn’t be overly surprised if there is a similar result in the end in this one.
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers +13
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Score Prediction: Texas Tech 28 – Minnesota 24