The 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas was framed as a battle between teams’ strengths, one a pass happy offense and the other a defense that controls the passing game, today at Reliant Stadium. Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville and Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill met with the media to promote the bowl Wednesday, and talk of Texas Tech’s offense dominated the discussion.
“Once we found out I went right to work and went to the film room,” Kill said. “We have a lot of work to do in the next month to get ready.”
The Red Raiders come in with a reputation for explosive offenses and the 2012 season lived up to expectations for the most part. Texas Tech averaged better than 38 points per game this year.
“They’re very well coached, they’ve got disciplined receivers and they do a great job of getting open,” Kill said. “Their quarterback is very accurate but again, the large splits in their system is a great challenge and I think that’s what college football is all about.”
Kill took over a Minnesota program that was 3-9 in 2010 and has the Golden Gophers back to .500 this season. Minnesota allowed 33 points per game in 2010, this year’s squad allowed just under 24.
Both coaches acknowledged one of the larger benefits of playing in Houston is exposure to an area full of high school players ready to go to college.
“We do have a lot of players from Texas (13) and we recruit Texas,” Kill said “So it’s a big thing for us also as far as the recruiting standpoint goes.”
Tuberville and Kill look at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas as a reward for the players after a long season.
“It’s a reward and that’s what we try to treat it as,” Tuberville said. “We have 16 or 17 seniors and this will be the last time for most of them to put on a helmet and shoulder pads. We want these guys especially to have a great time.”