Campus Corner

Previews for Friday’s bowl games

Updated: 2012-12-28T05:39:07Z

Independence Bowl

•  Who: Ohio (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4)

•  When/where: 1 p.m. in Shreveport, La.

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook: Both teams charged into the season. The Bobcats started 7-0 but lost four of five games. Louisiana-Monroe upset Arkansas and lost to Auburn and Baylor by a combined eight points. But the Warhawks didn’t win the Sun Belt. Quarterback Kolton Browning makes Monroe go. He’s thrown 27 touchdown passes and leads the team in rushing with 441 yards and seven touchdowns. Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton has thrown 16 touchdowns and three interceptions, while Bobcats running back Beau Blankenship has rushed for 1,500 yards and 11 scores.

•  Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe 38-27

Russell Athletic Bowl

•  Who: Rutgers (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6)

•  When/where: 4:30 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook:The Hokies are just happy to reach a bowl game for a 20th consecutive season. But they’re guaranteed to finish with their worst record since 1992. Rutgers tied for the Big East championship but didn’t get the league’s automatic BCS berth because of tie breakers. Still, the program can finish with 10 victories for the third time in school history. Linebacker Khaseem Greene leads a terrific Rutgers defense that ranks sixth nationally and allowed 14.3 points per game.

•  Prediction: Rutgers 20-16

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

•  Who: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5)

•  When/where: 8 p.m. in Houston

•  TV: ESPN

•  Outlook: Offensive-line coach Chris Thomsen leads the Red Raiders before the Kliff Kingsbury era begins. Offensively, it figures to be a mismatch. Tech, behind quarterback Seth Doege, averages 501 yards and the Gophers 317 yards per game. Three Tech defensive players have been suspended for violating team rules. Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill expects to be on the sideline despite suffering his third game-day seizure in two years on Nov. 24 against Michigan State. After a loss to Tech in the Insight Bowl in 2006 the Gophers fired coach Glen Mason.

•  Prediction: Texas Tech 35-24

| Blair Kerkhoff bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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