Meineke Car Care Bowl Prediction
GAME INFO: Minnesota (6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS, 4-6-1 O/U) lost their last two games to Michigan State and Nebraska, but did have six wins to make them bowl eligible. Texas Tech also lost two straight and lost their coach, Tommy Tuberville, who decided to take the Cincinnati job. Former QB Kliff Kingsbury will take the job but interim OL coach Chris Thomsen will coach the bowl game.
LINE MOVEMENT: Texas Tech opened as a 12.5-point favorite and remained there at most books. The total started at 57 and moved to 55.5 in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 79% of College Football public bettors currently favor the Red Raiders. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL PICK: Take Texas Tech. According to latest college football trends, Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Texas Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Chris Thomsen has seven years of coaching experience at Abilene Christian and will guide the Red Raiders Some players are angered and shocked by Tuberville's decision to leave and could take their anger out on the Gophers. Minnesota is an average team at best. Wide receiver A.J. Barker, who had a team-best 30 receptions and seven touchdowns, quit the squad late in the season claiming mistreatment by coach Jerry Kill and the training staff over an ankle injury while backup quarterback Max Shortell announced he was transferring. That hasn't helped an offense, who has scored 30 or more points in a game only three times this season. Texas Tech averages 37.75 points and scored 41 or more points in a game seven times. Gopher rank 111th nationally on offense with an average of 317.5 yards. Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson, who took over the starting job for the final month of the season, completed only 50 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (six). Texas Tech senior quarterback Seth Doege passed for 3,934 yards and 38 touchdowns while completing 70.4 percent of his passes, including 81 to senior wide receiver Darrin Moore. Although the defense allowed almost 32 points per game in the wild, wild Big 12, it ranked a respectable 39th nationally in total defense allowing 367 yards per game. Expect the Red Raiders to romp in this one close to home, against an inferior opponent.
2012 MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL: TEXAS TECH -12.5