Texas Tech back in bowl picture

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.

BIG 12 Bowl Matchups

Thursday Dec. 27th

Holiday Bowl

Baylor vs. 17.UCLA

Friday Dec. 28th

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota

Saturday Dec.29th

Pinstripe Bowl

W.Virginia vs. Syracuse

Alamo Bowl

23.Texas vs.13 Oregon St.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

TCU vs. Michigan St.

Monday Dec. 31st

Liberty Bowl

Iowa St. vs. Tulsa

Tuesday Jan. 1st

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Oklahoma St. vs. Purdue

Thursday Jan. 3rd

B-C-S Fiesta Bowl

5.K-State vs. 4.Oregon

Friday Jan. 4th

Cotton Bowl

11.OU vs. 9.Texas A&M