Memphis vs Penn State 2019 Cotton Bowl Betting Spread & Preview.

Memphis vs Penn State 2019 Cotton Bowl Betting Spread & Preview

Written by on December 27, 2019

Bowl season is drawing to a close, and while it’s sad that we are seeing the college football season come to an end in a couple of weeks, it does mean that we are getting into the bigger games. It’s easy to ignore some of the earlier bowl games, usually because they tend to feature some less than glamorous matchups, nut we are at the point now where we have some very good games on tap. There are some good ones to come prior to the weekend, but the action really stats to heat up on Saturday.

That is when we will see the two playoff semi-final games, but there are also a couple of other good looking games on tap prior to the start of the playoff matches. The opening game of the day on Saturday is the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, with the Memphis Tigers and the Penn State Nittany Lions set to go head to head in a game that could well be one for the college football fans who like to see lots of offense. It is the Nittany Lions who are in as a 7-point favorite, with the point total set at 60.

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Why bet on the Memphis Tigers?

It was an absolutely fantastic season for the Memphis Tigers, who finished the year at 12-1 and ranked #17 in the country. They closed out the year with back to back wins over the Cincinnati Bearcats, which included a 29-24 win in the AAC Conference Championship Game. There really is very little left for this team to prove but you get a sense that a win in a big bowl game against a Power 5 team might just be tempting enough to give them a lift on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers averaged over 40 PPG this season, so they certainly have the offensive prowess to stand toe to toe with the Nittany Lions. On the negative side of things, the Tigers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 December games. When in as the underdog, the Tigers saw 10 of their last 12 go OVER.

Team Stats

  • Points per Game: 40.54
  • Passing Yards: 284.46
  • Rushing Yards: 196.23
  • Yards per Play: 6.90


  • Points per Game: 24.38
  • Passing Yards: 200.69
  • Rushing Yards: 171.62
  • Yards per Play: 5.23

Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions?

While the Memphis offense is certainly very good, how effective can they be against one of the best defensive fronts in college football? The Penn State Nittany Lions gave up just 14 PPG this season, which is all the more astounding when you look at the quality of the teams that they faced in Big Ten Conference play. That defense helped keep things tight, which is why the Nittany Lions saw 7 of their last 10 games go UNDER the point total.

Memphis vs Penn State is going to be a good one.

On the downside, Penn State were just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 regular season games, although that is tempered a little by the fact that they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 December games. They went 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games they stated as a favorite.

Team Stats

  • Points per Game: 34.33
  • Passing Yards: 228.67
  • Rushing Yards: 173.50
  • Yards per Play: 5.94


  • Points per Game: 14.08
  • Passing Yards: 232.50
  • Rushing Yards: 97.67
  • Yards per Play: 4.67

Memphis vs Penn State 2019 Cotton Bowl Betting Trends

  • Tigers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games this season
  • Tigers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games played in December
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Memphis’ last 12 games when playing as the underdog
  • Nittany Lions are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games played on a Saturday
  • Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing as the favorite
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Penn State’s last 10 games

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Memphis vs Penn State

You can never really know for sure, but I have a feeling that this is a game that is probably more important to the Tigers. The question now is whether they have the ability to break down the Nittany Lions defense. I think we see a high-scoring game here, with Penn State getting the win.

Score: Memphis Tigers 28 – Penn State Nittany Lions 39