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Meineke Car Care Bowl Betting

In a re-match (of sorts) of a crazy bowl game from a few seasons ago 7-5 Texas Tech and 6-6 Minnesota get together in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Friday, Dec. 28 in Houston (9 pm ET, ESPN).

For the early Meineke Bowl odds most books were listing the Red Raiders, who tied for fifth place in the Big 12 this season, as 13-point favorites over the Gophers, who finished in last place in the Big Ten's Legends Division.

Favorites are 8-1-2 ATS in the past 11 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas games while the Red Raiders are just 1-5 ATS in their past six bowl games. [ More Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas betting stats and trends ]

View Minnesota vs Texas Tech Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to side with the Red Raiders in this one found them as 12.5-point favorites at 5Dimes. The over under number was sitting at 57 earlier over at Bovada.

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Minnesota Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2 Line ATS win
1999 Sun Bowl Minnesota 20 Oregon 24 2 OREG
2000 MicronPC.com Bowl Minnesota 30 North Carolina State 38 3.5 N.C.ST
2002 Music City Bowl Arkansas 14 Minnesota 29 -8.5 MINN
2003 Sun Bowl Oregon 30 Minnesota 31 -5.5 OREG
2004 Music City Bowl Minnesota 20 Alabama 16 -3 MINN
2005 Music City Bowl Virginia 34 Minnesota 31 -6.5 VIRGNA
2006 Insight Bowl Minnesota 41 Texas Tech 44 -8 MINN
2008 Insight Bowl Minnesota 21 Kansas 42 -9 KANSAS
2009 Insight Bowl Iowa State 14 Minnesota 13 -2 IOWAST

Texas Tech Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2 Line ATS win
1995 Insight Bowl Texas Tech 55 Air Force 41 4 TXTECH
1996 Alamo Bowl Texas Tech 0 Iowa 27 3 IOWA
1998 Independence Bowl Mississippi 35 Texas Tech 18 -8.5 MISS
2000 GalleryFurniture.com Bowl East Carolina 40 Texas Tech 27 -1 E.CAR
2001 Alamo Bowl Iowa 19 Texas Tech 16 -1.5 IOWA
2002 Tangerine Bowl Texas Tech 55 Clemson 15 4.5 TXTECH
2003 Houston Bowl Navy 14 Texas Tech 38 -10.5 TXTECH
2004 Holiday Bowl Texas Tech 45 California 31 -10.5 TXTECH
2005 Cotton Bowl Alabama 13 Texas Tech 10 -3 ALAB
2006 Insight Bowl Minnesota 41 Texas Tech 44 -8 MINN
2007 Gator Bowl Texas Tech 31 Virginia 28 6.5 VIRGNA
2008 Cotton Bowl Mississippi 47 Texas Tech 34 -4 MISS
2009 Alamo Bowl Michigan State 31 Texas Tech 41 -9.5 TXTECH
2010 Ticket City Bowl Northwestern 38 Texas Tech 45 -7.5 NWESTN

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas Tech's No. 16-ranked offense (37.8 PPG) against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 39 at 23.9 PPG. The Red Raiders passing attack has averaged 361.9 yards per game, more than the Golden Gophers give up through the air (178.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Golden Gophers own the league's No. 74-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 182.4 yards per game when on the road. Texas Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 81 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Minnesota was a 26-10 loser in its last match at home against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 36 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, the Golden Gophers were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of 26-10 score against Michigan State.

Last time out for Texas Tech, they were a 52-45 loser as they battled Baylor on the road. Texas Tech failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 97 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. In their last game, Baylor's aerial attack generated 396 yards and the Bears came away with a 52-45 victory over Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing in December are 3-6
When playing on grass are 1-9
After being outgained are 3-7
When an underdog on the road are 1-9

Texas Tech Red Raiders Trends:
When playing in December are 5-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 4-6
When favored at home are 6-4

A few Golden Gophers at Red Raiders trends to consider:
Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Minnesota is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech's last 6 games
Texas Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Texas Tech is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games