|2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl Odds & Spread: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 28 December 2012 13:30|
Meineke Car Care Bowl Odds
Texas Tech is 7-5 on the season and 6-6 against the spread. Minnesota is 6-6 overall and 2-3 on the road. The Red Raiders have hit the over in 7 of 11 lined games while Minnesota has hit the under in 6 of 11 lined games. These two last met in 2006 with Tech winning 44-41, but the Gophers covering an 8-point spread.
Trends show that Minnesota is 0-4 against the spread in its last 4 games against a team with a winning record, but also 4-1 ATS in its last 5 non-conference games. Texas Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 bowl games and 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at a neutral site.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Texas Tech is favored in this game, as the Red Raiders have odds of -13 points against the Golden Gophers. The over/under total has been set at 55.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had this bowl game also had Texas Tech favored by 13. Texas Tech ended the season with a 52-45, overtime loss to Baylor. The Red Raiders lost four of their final five games and also lost head coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati prior to this bowl game. Tech is averaging 37.8 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing 31.8 points per game. Quarterback Seth Doege is leading the team, as he has thrown for 3,934 yards and 38 touchdowns on the season.
Minnesota ended the season on a two-game losing streak to finish 2-6 in Big Ten play. The Golden Gophers really struggled after a 4-0 start to the season. The Gophers averaged just 21.3 points per game on offense, but the defense did hold opponents to 23.9 points per contest. The team has been led this season by running back Donnell Kirkwood, who has rushed for 849 yards and five touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, Texas Tech receiver Alex Torres is questionable for this game with a back injury while guard Alfredo Morales is expected to miss the game with a shoulder injury. Minnesota has no injuries to report.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are getting 78% of the wagers with odds of -13 points against Minnesota on Friday.