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Birmingham Bowl preview: Texas Tech vs. USF

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas Tech Red Raiders faces No. 24 South Florida Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl. The game will kick off at noon on ESPN from Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Red Raiders have a 6-6 record this season. The Bulls have a 9-2 record.

Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Nick Shimonek throwing a pass against the Baylor Bears (Getty Images)

Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Nick Shimonek throwing a pass against the Baylor Bears (Getty Images)

According to Consensus Analysis, the Bulls have a 66% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, says the Bulls have a 74% chance to win this game.

This will be the first meeting between these two teams.

The Bulls are 5-3 all-time in Bowl games. They won their last Bowl game with a 46-39 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Birmingham Bowl.

This is the second-time the Bulls will be playing in this Bowl game. Yet, this will be the third-time in school history that they will be playing in a Bowl game in Birmingham, Alabama, as they defeated the East Carolina Pirates, 24-7, in the 2006 Bowl.

The Bulls have not lost a Bowl game since December 21st, 2015 in the Miami Beach Bowl when they won 45-35 over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

This is Charlie Strong’s first Bowl game as the Bulls head coach.

The Red Raiders have a 14 win, 22 loss, and a one tie Bowl all-time record. This is Texas Tech’s first Bowl game since the 2015 Texas Bowl when they lost 56-27 to the LSU Tigers on December 29th, 2015.

Prior to that loss, the Red Raiders won four straight Bowl games. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is 1-1 in Bowl games, as the win came in the 2013 National University Holiday Bowl, 37-23, over the Arizona State Sun Devils.

This will be the first-time that the Red Raiders will be playing in the Birmingham Bowl. In addition, this will be the first-time they will be playing in a Bowl game in the State of Alabama.

Texas Tech won its last regular season game, as they defeated the Texas Longhorns, 27-23, on November 24th, 2017. They have not lost a game since being defeated 27-3 by the TCU Horned Frogs on November 18th, 2017.

South Florida lost its last regular season game, as they lost 49-42 to the UCF Knights in a thriller, which allowed the Knights to stay perfect and advance to the American Athletic Conference Championship game. They have not won a game since defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 27-20, on November 16th, 2017.

Texas Tech is averaging 34.3 points per game. South Florida is averaging 38.3 points per game.

Nic Shimonek, the Red Raiders quarterback, has gone 296 of 434 for 3,547 passing yards. He has 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Justin Stockton leads the running backs with 114 carries for 694 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Keke Coutee leads the receivers with 82 receptions for 1,242 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Quinton Flowers, the Bulls quarterback, has gone 171 of 320 for 2,600 passing yards. He has 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Flowers also leads the running backs with the option attack with 182 carries for 972 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Marquez Valdes-Scantling leads the receivers with 50 receptions for 746 receiving yards and five touchdowns.


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