What to know before Texas Tech plays Cal in the Independence Bowl

Texas Tech will be looking for its second straight bowl victory under head coach Joey McGuire but will have to beat a Cal team that has won its last three games.

Here’s what fans need to know ahead of their Independence Bowl matchup.

CAL (6-6) vs. TEXAS TECH (6-6)

Dec. 16, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Player to know: Cal: Jaydn Ott, 1,260 Yards, 11 touchdowns; Texas Tech: Tahj Brooks, 1,443 yards, nine touchdowns

It’s a fact: Cal: The Golden Bears placed eighth in the Pac-12 during their final season in the conference before moving to the ACC in 2024.

Texas Tech: The Raiders suffered a setback in their second-year under head coach Joey McGuire losing two more games than in the previous season and starting the season 0-2 for the first time in 33 years.

Last time : Texas Tech 45, Cal 31 (Dec. 31, 2004)

Bowl history: Cal: It’s the Golden Bears’ first time in the Independence Bowl and the 25th bowl game in school history; Texas Tech: The Red Raiders’ third Independence Bowl and 41st bowl game in school history.