Cotton Bowl Betting 2021

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It’s time to start making some 2019 Cotton Bowl betting predictions now that the matchup is set. The Penn State Nittany Lions will represent the Big Ten Conference, and they will take on the Memphis Tigers out of The American. The Cotton Bowl will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a kickoff time set for noon ET on Dec. 28.

Penn State went 10-2 during the regular season but missed out on playing in the Big Ten Championship Game. Memphis was the champion of the American Athletic Conference this season, posting an overall record of 12-1. 

The Cotton Bowl betting spread has Penn State as seven-point favorites over Memphis. 

Cotton Bowl Picks

Let’s take a look at each team in this game before dishing out our Cotton Bowl betting pick. 

Penn State gave up just 14.1 points per game during the regular season and plays it extremely aggressive upfront. The Nittany Lions are one of the few teams to slow down Ohio State this season, allowing just 28 points to the Buckeyes. 

Quarterback Sean Clifford threw for 22 touchdowns in 2019, and the Penn State offense will need him to play well. This isn’t one of the best Penn State teams of all-time, but it is a talented and relentless group. 

The Tigers averaged over 40 points per game this season, and they got it done with a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Brady White threw for 3,560 yards this season while running back Kenneth Gainwell racked up 1,425 yards on the ground. 

Also, defense didn’t come easy for the Tigers, as they allowed 24.4 points per game. Memphis is playing without head coach Mike Norvell in this one after he took the job at Florida State. Interim head coach Ryan Silverfield, the team’s offensive line coach, will take the reins for the bowl game. 

Cotton Bowl Betting Prediction: Memphis can put points on the board, but Penn State will be the best defense it has faced all season. The Nittany Lions don’t give up many points, and they will cruise to victory in this game. Bet the Nittany Lions -7.0 over Memphis in the 2019 Cotton Bowl. 

Cotton Bowl History and Facts

The Cotton Bowl has been played annually since 1937, making it one of the longest-running bowl games in America. It was traditionally played at the Cotton Bowl, but the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in 2009.

Goodyear has been the title sponsor since 2014, and the annual payout is $4 million to each respective conference. The Cotton Bowl is affiliated with the College Football Playoff and the At Large/Group of Five. 

Texas leads the way with 22 appearances in the Cotton Bowl, and the Southwest Conference leads the way with 57 appearances in this game. The 2015 game was the highest-scoring game in the bowl’s history with 83 total points, as Michigan State (42) was able to beat Baylor (41) for the victory. 

One of the most memorable Cotton Bowl games happened in 1979 when Joe Montana rallied the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 35-34 victory over Houston and was named MVP of the game. 

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