Texas Tech and Cal will face off in the Independence Bowl, marking their second all-time meeting and the first since the Red Raiders upset a Cal team led by Aaron Rodgers in the 2004 Holiday Bowl.

Why It Matters

The game marks Cal's return to a bowl after three consecutive losing seasons and is significant as the Pac-12 undergoes conference realignment, with Cal's win potentially signaling the end of one era and the start of another.

By the Numbers
  • Cal quarterback Fernando Mendoza: 1,447 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games as a starter.
  • Tahj Brooks: Rushed for 1,443 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games for Texas Tech.
State of Play
  • Texas Tech closed the season with wins over TCU, Kansas, and UCF to reach six wins, while Cal secured wins over Washington State, Stanford, and UCLA to end a bowl drought.
What's Next

The game will provide insight into the teams' performance after the regular season and their trajectory for the next season.

Bottom Line

Texas Tech and Cal's clash in the Independence Bowl marks a significant moment for both programs, shaping their narratives for the future.