Friday, January 19, 2018
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Friday's college football bowl games

Today

Independence Bowl

Who: Ohio (8-4, 4-4 MAC) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt)

When/where: 2; Shreveport, La.

TV: ESPN; ; 98-7 FM, 1010-AM

Line: Louisiana-Monroe by 7

Notable: Ohio RB Beau Blankenship (school-record 1,500 rushing yards, 11 TDs) has rushed for at least 100 yards eight times. Louisiana-Monroe has a school-record 59 TDs — 31 passing, 24 rushing, four on defense.

Russell Athletic Bowl

Who: Rutgers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC)

When/where: 5:30; Orlando

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Line: Virginia Tech by 2

Notable: Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Logan Thomas has been inconsistent (17 TD passes, 14 INTs) but led the team in rushing yards (526) and TDs (nine). Rutgers is ranked 14th in total defense (321.25 yards), led by senior LB Khaseem Greene, the Big East defensive player of the year. Sophomore Jawan Jamison is the third Rutgers player since 1976 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

Who: Minnesota (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) vs. Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12)

When/where: 9; Houston

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Line: Texas Tech by 13

Notable: Texas Tech QB Seth Doege is fourth in the nation in yards passing with 3,934 and second with 38 TD passes. Minnesota ranks 11th in the nation in pass defense (178.5 yards) and has given up 300 yards passing only once.

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