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. 27thHoliday Bowl Baylor vs. 17.UCLA

      Friday Dec. 28thMeineke Car Care Bowl of TexasTexas Tech vs. Minnesota

      Saturday Dec.29thPinstripe BowlW.Virginia vs. Syracuse

      Alamo Bowl23.Texas vs.13 Oregon St.

      Buffalo Wild Wings BowlTCU vs. Michigan St.

      Monday Dec. 31st Liberty BowlIowa St. vs. Tulsa

      Tuesday Jan. 1stHeart of Dallas BowlOklahoma St. vs. Purdue

      Thursday Jan. 3rdB-C-S Fiesta Bowl5.K-State vs. 4.Oregon

      Friday Jan. 4thCotton Bowl11.OU vs. 9.Texas A&M