The series: First meeting

No. 10 Penn State (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) vs. No. 17 Memphis (12-1, 9-1 American Athletic)

The Cotton Bowl will mark the first time Penn State and Memphis have met on the gridiron, and for the Tigers, it really is delving into a bit of uncharted territory.

Memphis has never played in a current New Year’s Six bowl game; Penn State has been in one in three of four seasons now. And while Penn State has played 105 games all-time against teams currently in the American Athletic Conference (granted, 79 percent of them have come against Temple and Navy), the Tigers haven’t played a game against a Big Ten team since Sept. 19, 1998. That day, they lost 41-14 at the Metrodome against Minnesota. Overall, Memphis has played just four games against Big Ten opponents, and it has lost them all: Two against the Illini in 1997 and 1998, against Michigan in 1995 and Michigan State in ‘97.


How to watch

  • When: Noon, Saturday
  • Where: AT&T Stadium
  • TV: ESPN
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  • Radio: WILK 910 AM (Scranton), 980 AM (Wilkes-Barre) and 1300 AM (Hazleton); Sirius Ch. 121; XM Ch. 201.