Big Ten Bowl Extravaganza Vol. 1: Minnesota

The College Football bowl season is already underway. With the first Big Ten team set to take the field Friday night, we here at Delany’s Dozen would like to formally announce the beginning of our Big Ten Bowl Extravaganza.

Minnesota takes on Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Thursday night at 9 p.m. E.T., the game can be viewed on ESPN. Here is what the staff at DD has to say about how the Golden Gophers match up with the Red Raiders:

Andy Coppens (Co-managing editor):

Thoughts: Well this one got more intriguing with the whole Tommy Tuberville to Cincy & hiring of Kliff Kingsbury situation in Lubbock. However, how it affects the Red Raiders on the field is tough to know at best. For me that's the one thing the Gophers can put their hopes on – the fact that Tech will be distracted, otherwise this could be a big time butt kicking for the Gophers. They have trouble with high powered offenses and that's exactly what the Red Raiders have. Good luck Minny, you're going to need it. I am interested to see how Philip Nelson does with almost a month's worth of extra practice, but doubt it's enough to counter what Tech brings.

Prediction : Texas Tech 37, Minnesota 28

Nate Woelfel (Co-managing editor)

Thoughts: It's hard to take a lot of stock in a team that has struggled on the road as much as the Gophers have in recent years. I understand that this isn't a true road game, but the Gophers are just 4-11 away from home the last three seasons and 2-8 under Jerry Kill. That type of adversity is hard to ignore. The musical quarterbacks thing also has me uncertain of what exactly to expect from Minnesota on offense .However, I will say that it will be a matter of defense from the Gophers. They give up 352.8 yards per game in total offense, this spells trouble against a Texas Tech squad that averages 501.4 yards per games offensively. The flip side is that the Red Raiders have also struggled at times on the defensive end. This one could turn into a track meet, if that's the case, I say advantage Tech.

Prediction: Texas Tech 42, Minnesota 24

Will Nahikian (Featured columnist)

Thoughts: Minnesota has lost six of their last eight, while beating a two win Illinois team and a Purdue team that started off hot but struggled in the B1G. Texas Tech did not finish much better and have lost four of their last five. They also lost their coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati, and there are worries that team may not be focused for this game. Texas Tech has hired Kliff Kingsbury which has seemed to please the Red Raider fan base and they should be well represented at this game. Though Kingsbury is not expected to coach this game, I do expect the Texas Tech players to play hard while trying to impress the new coach. This one will not be close in my opinion as Texas Tech explodes for a one-sided victory.

Prediction: Texas Tech 45, Minnesota 21