PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Penn State goes to the Cotton Bowl for the primary time in 45 years. The Nittany Lions (10-2) will play the American Athletic Convention champions Memphis Tigers (12-1) on Dec. 28 at AT&T Stadium, the house of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
It is going to be Penn State’s 50th bowl total. PSU, which completed No. 10 within the ultimate CFP scores, has made it to a bowl in all six seasons below trainer James Franklin, who simply reached an settlement on a brand new contract that prolonged his deal thru 2025.
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Franklin expects the Tigers to be in a position to play even whilst coping with the sentiments of Norvell’s departure and questions on if he’s going to trainer the sport.
“Clearly this can be a gamers’ recreation and they have got a number of serious gamers. They have got a super group of workers,” Franklin stated. “This can be a little little bit of the character of our recreation. This time of the yr, these items occur, and it’s difficult. … It’s difficult for everyone concerned. However they have got gained a large number of soccer video games this yr for a reason why, and they’re going to be in a position and ready to play.”
Wisconsin were given the Giant Ten’s spot within the Rose Bowl after completing eighth within the CFP, an afternoon after shedding to Ohio State within the Giant Ten championship recreation.
Penn State nonetheless were given to a New 12 months’s Six recreation, its 3rd below Franklin, and goes to its first Cotton Bowl since beating Baylor 41-20 on New 12 months’s Day 1975, 3 years once they beat Texas in that bowl. There used to be a 13-13 tie with SMU within the 1948 Cotton Bowl look after going 9-Zero within the common season.
“We’re fascinated about the Cotton Bowl. … I’ve by no means been to the Cotton Bowl prior to,” Franklin stated. “I’m taking a look ahead to being in JerryWorld, I’m taking a look ahead to all of it. I feel it’s going to be an amazing alternative.”
This would be the first assembly ever between the Tigers and the Nittany Lions, who’re 29-18-2 in bowl video games.
Memphis completed two spots forward of Boise State within the ultimate CFP scores. Cincinnati, which misplaced within the AAC championship recreation to Memphis after additionally shedding to the Tigers within the common season finale, used to be 21st.
The Tigers are in a bowl recreation for the 6th consecutive season, the longest stretch at school historical past. It’s their 12th bowl total, however they have got misplaced the final 4.
“Glance, we all know the demanding situations that we’ve had in December at bowl video games. This can be a complete new yr, new group, and yearly is a unique season,” Tigers period in-between head trainer Silverfield stated. “We don’t take a look at the former years, the mishaps we’ve had within the earlier bowl video games. We’re targeted in this one.”
Whilst Memphis goes to the Cotton Bowl to constitute the Team of 5 groups, Silverfield goes to a Energy 5 faculty.
An afternoon after profitable the American Athletic Convention championship recreation, Memphis used to be the highest-ranked Team of 5 group within the ultimate School Soccer Playoff scores Sunday at No. 17. That announcement got here just a few hours after Mike Norvell used to be offered as Florida State’s new trainer.
“We’re transferring ahead, and we’re simply thinking about myself and the group of workers that’s in position at this time training this bowl recreation,” Tigers period in-between head trainer Ryan Silverfield stated.
Norvell has stated he desires to train the Tigers within the Cotton Bowl after main them to the most productive four-year stretch at school historical past, regardless that it used to be unclear if that might occur. They have been 38-15 and went to a few AAC championship video games, and now are of their first New 12 months’s Six recreation after a school-record 12 wins this season.
Ahead of going to Tallahassee, Norvell met with gamers in Memphis on Sunday morning. Silverfield stated gamers understood what used to be going down and have been satisfied for Norvell, wishing him not anything however the most productive.
The Tigers regathered within the afternoon after Silverfield, the offensive line trainer who got here to Memphis with Norvell, used to be named the period in-between head trainer.
“There gave the impression to be a minimum of a bit little bit of a way of pleasure to visit the Cotton Bowl, to transport in that proper path,” Silverfield stated of the second one group assembly of the day. “And so I feel they’ll have the suitable mindset and the suitable targeted had to way this recreation.”
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