The Meineke Car Care Bowl features another thing that is hurting college football these days as the 7-5 Texas Tech Red Raiders have suspended three of their players before their December 28 game against the 6-6 Minnesota Golden Gophers in Houston. While only one is a starter, any suspensions aren’t a good thing going into a bowl game. This game also has two teams that didn’t finish .500 in their own conferences this season yet play in a game right before New Year’s Day.
Texas Tech loves to throw the ball around the field and if they can do what they have done all season against a Minnesota team that wants to control the ball, this could become a long night for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has to control the time of possession and have Texas Tech on the field for less than 25 minutes for the Gophers to have any chance in this game. Minnesota has scored more than 17 points only once in their last eight games and 17 won’t be enough points against the Red Raiders.
This has all the making of a blowout with how the Red Raiders throw the ball and how Minnesota isn’t a high-scoring team. Minnesota is good against the pass though and will slow Texas Tech down at least a little bit which will allow this game to stay competitive. I just don’t see how the Red Raiders are fully stopped though. I’ll take Texas Tech 38-14 to hammer Minnesota and came away with the victory. There are a ton of changes happening at Texas Tech but for this night, everything will be great for the Red Raiders.
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