Three Bowl Games To Be Televised Friday On ESPN

By: Willie Bee | Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ohio Bobcats vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Independence Bowl Betting Preview
12/28/2012 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: ULM -6½, O/U 61
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Television: ESPN

Ohio: Coach Frank Solich and the Bobcats (8-4 straight-up, 4-8 against the spread) wrap up their season with a trip to Shreveport for the Independence Bowl. A fast 7-0 start to the 2012 campaign petered out at the end with four losses in the final five games, and Ohio failed to cover seven of its last eight contests.

UL-Monroe: A second-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference has the Warhawks (8-4 SU, 8-4 ATS) making a short trek for their first bowl appearance. UL-Monroe closed the season with consecutive wins and covers vs. North Texas and Florida International after beginning the slate with an upset at Arkansas. Nine of the Warhawks' 12 games went "over" the total.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Russell Athletic Bowl Betting Preview
12/28/2012 at 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Va Tech -2, O/U 41½
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Television: ESPN

Rutgers: Part of a four-team logjam at the top of the Big East, the Scarlet Knights (9-3 SU, 7-5 ATS) missed a shot at a BCS bowl appearance by dropping their final two games of the regular season to Pitt and Louisville. Leading rusher Jawan Jamison (1,054 yards, ankle injury) is listed as probable on the college football injury report for Rutgers, which saw its final four games go "under."

Virginia Tech: Bigger things than Orlando's Russell Athletic Bowl were expected from Coach Frank Beamer and the Hokies (6-6 SU, 3-9 ATS) when the season began. Virginia Tech won its final two games to become bowl eligible, but the team failed to cover four of its final five clashes on the regular season slate.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Meineke Car Care Bowl Betting Preview
12/28/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Texas Tech -12½, O/U 57
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Television: ESPN

Minnesota: The Golden Gophers (6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS) got off to a 4-0 start to 2012 only to drop six of their final eight games, all against Big Ten foes while also going 2-6 ATS in that stretch. Minnesota's defense ranked 19th in the country, allowing 352.8 yards per game, and 11th in fewest passing yards allowed (178.5 ypg).

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS) remain in-state for the postseason with this journey to Houston for the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Texas Tech lost four of its final five games, failing to cover any in that span and Coach Tommy Tuberville replaced by former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who was also a star quarterback for the Red Raiders. Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will lead the team for this bowl contest before Kingsbury takes over.

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