Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/2/12
Minnesota will face Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 28. It's the first bowl appearance since 2009 for the Gophers (6-6), who reached the postseason despite winning just two Big Ten games. Texas Tech (7-5) returns to the postseason after a one-year absence. The Red Raiders dropped their final regular-season game to Baylor in overtime, 52-45, but they beat West Virginia and TCU and doubled their Big 12 win total from last season. Minnesota and Texas Tech played each other in the 2006 Insight Bowl. The Gophers suffered an epic meltdown, blowing a 31-point lead and losing 44-41. Though Minnesota lost three of its last four games and finished tied for last in the Legends Division with Iowa, reaching a bowl will give the rebuilding Gophers 15 extra practices and an overall boost for the program. The Gophers will be seeking their first bowl win since they beat Alabama 20-16 in the 2004 Music City Bowl. "The bowl is important for us (because) No. 1, we recru...
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