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Friday’s Bowl capsules

INDEPENDENCE BOWL

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

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 Where: Shreveport, La.

 When: 2 p.m. (ESPN).

 At a glance: Ohio running back Beau Blankenship has 1,500 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s rushed for at least 100 yards eight times this season . . . Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton has thrown for at least 2,500 yards in each of the last two seasons. He has 16 TD passes and only three interceptions this season, and also has four rushing touchdowns . . . Louisiana-Monroe receiver Brent Leonard, a former walk-on, has 97 receptions for 1,042 yards and 10 touchdowns . . . Ohio won seven straight games to start the season, including a season-opening victory over Penn State, but the Bobcats have dropped four of their last five.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL

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

 Where: Orlando, Fla.

 When: 5:30 p.m. (ESPN).

 At a glance: Rutgers has won five consecutive bowl games . . . Virginia Tech is making its 20th consecutive bowl appearance . . . Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has thrown for 17 touchdowns and 14 interception. He also led the team in rushing yards (526) and touchdowns (nine) . . . Running back Jawan Jamison is just the third Rutgers player since 1976 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season . . . Rutgers is 14th in the nation in total defense (321 yards per game), led by senior linebacker Khaseem Greene, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL

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

 Where: Houston.

 When: 9 p.m. (ESPN).

 At a glance: Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege is fourth in the nation in passing yards (3,934) and second in the country in TD passes (38) . . . Texas Tech has two dangerous receivers: Darrin Moore (81 catches for 948 yards and 13 TDs) and Eric Ward (75 catches for 974 yards and 11 TDs) . . . The only other meeting came when Texas Tech defeated Minnesota, 44-41, in overtime in the 2006 Insight Bowl. The Red Raiders set an NCAA record for largest comeback in a FBS bowl game by rallying from a 31-point deficit.

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