Potential Bowl Opponents for Texas Tech

Dec 28, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Kenny Williams (34) rushes against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a five-game losing streak to end the regular season, Texas Tech is going to a bowl game under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. In all likelihood, the Red Raiders will fall into the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas for a second straight year against a Big Ten opponent.

Potential matchups include:

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Record: 8-4 (4-4)

Record vs. bowl teams: 4-4

Record vs. currently ranked teams: 0-2

Points per game: 26.4

Rushing yards per game: 200

Passing yards per game: 142

Points allowed per game: 22

Yards allowed per game: 371

Turnover margin: 0.25

Like most Big Ten teams, the Gophers’ ground and pound offensive style is a nightmare for an undersized Texas Tech defense. I’d hate to see this matchup again, if for no other reason than this: Minnesota went toe-to-toe with Tech a year ago and nearly won. This season they’re a better football team and Tech isn’t.

Michigan Wolverines

Record: 7-5 (3-5)

Record vs. bowl teams: 2-5

Record vs. currently ranked teams: 0-2

Points per game: 34

Rushing yards per game: 131

Passing yards per game: 252

Points allowed per game: 27

Yards allowed per game: 367

Turnover margin: 0.42

This is a much better matchup for the Red Raiders mainly because the Wolverines don’t run the ball particularly well (just over three yards per rush). Much like Tech, Michigan experienced an end-of-season slump, finishing just 1-4 in November.

Nebraska Corn Huskers 

Record: 8-4 (5-3)

Record vs. bowl teams: 2-4

Record vs. currently ranked teams: 0-2

Points per game: 33

Rushing yards per game: 222

Passing yards per game: 200

Points allowed per game: 25

Yards allowed per game: 367

Turnover margin: -1

This is potentially the most exciting matchup. Besides being a former Big 12 opponent, Tech matches up well with the Huskers pass defense, which gave up 284 yards per game through the air to non-Big Ten opponents the likes of Wyoming and Southern Miss.

Who would you like to see Tech play in the Texas Bowl? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Topics: Big 12, Texas Tech Football, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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