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The Cincinnati Bearcats gave the Memphis Tigers all they could ask for in the AAC title game. Hopefully, overcoming the challenge has Mike Norvell’s kids ready for the task at hand when they lock horns with the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Cotton Bowl come December 28; that is if Norvell actually gets to coach his kids one last time after taking the gig in Tallahassee to rebuild the Florida State Seminoles football program. However things go in that matchup, 2019 was one to remember for the University of Memphis who got to see their football program win the AAC for the very first time after logging a 12-1 overall record and going on to cover the closing college football odds in eight of those matchups.

Cotton Bowl Odds

Memphis Tigers +6.5

Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5

Total 60.5

Memphis initially hit the betting board as 7.5-point underdogs in the Cotton Bowl matchup against the Nittany Lions. It marks the first time all season that the Tigers have been installed underdogs by linemakers after being favored to come out on top in all 12 of their regular season games as well as the AAC title game rematch against the Bearcats. Memphis went off the board dogged three times last season, and ended up going 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS versus the likes of UCF twice and Mizzou. They lost those games by an average of 16 points per game with the over cashing in twice. Regardless of those poor marks, the betting markets have sided with the Tigers initially with the number to beat down to +7 even though 67 percent of the early bet count has come in favor of the Big Ten reps.

If Cincy was able to stymy the Tigers potent offensive attack by preventing it to come anywhere near their seasonal outputs, it’s safe to assume Penn State and its No. 7 ranked scoring defense that gives up just over 14 points per game represents the toughest challenge of the season for the AAC members. Cincy and its No. 49 ranked rush defense made life very tough for the duo of Patrick Taylor Jr. and Kenneth Gainwell in the title game limiting them to just 82 yards on 29 overall carries (2.8 YPC). If not for the sterling effort put forth by Antonio Gibson who went for 130 yards and a touchdown, the game’s end result could’ve been much different.

PSU just so happens to own the nation’s No. 5 ranked rush defense that’s likely to give the trio fits. Should that be the case, it will be up to Brady White to take advantage of the Nittany Lions issues defending the pass (No. 76); but with the amount of pressure he’s certain to face, that will no doubt be a chore in and of itself. Memphis has failed to win or cover each of its last four bowl appearances losing by an average of 11.3 points per game, but only dropped the most recent two to Iowa State and Wake Forest by just 2 points per game; the under cashed at 2-1-1 clip.

Regular Season Recap

"We knew this was going to be a game that was going to come down to responses," Norvell said. "How we responded to adversity. How we responded to success at times. But that's the character and the heart of these kids."

Memphis got out to an enormous 17-3 first quarter lead against the Bearcats two weeks ago only to see it vanish in the second quarter. Still, the Tigers managed to take a slim 20-17 lead with them into the break before pulling away the remainder of the game to secure the 34-24 win and non-cover. Because of it, Memphis hit the field in the rematch a bit lackadaisical and paid for it dearly early on the in the AAC title game rematch. When it was all said and done in the second go round, nearly 840 yards of combined offense was tallied, 58 points were put on the board and there were six lead changes. It was a back and forth all-out war that came down to the bitter end with Cincy in a position to secure the outright win in the dying moments. The Tigers defense ultimately prevented it from happening to send Norvell off to his new destination a winner and one of the most highly regarded head coaches every to grace the sideline at the University of Memphis.

The third time proved to be the charm for the program after UCF handed them successive defeats in the conference title game the last two seasons. "All year long we've been a team that's had to respond in the face of adversity," Memphis coach Mike Norvell told ESPN after the game. "It's the heart of these guys, unbelievable character. This day is about them, we have an unbelievable football team and coaches. I'm going to go celebrate with my guys. This is an incredible night."

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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