Penn State won 53-39 over Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium, Texas.
The Tigers arrived in Texas as the champions of the Atlantic Athletic Conference (AAC), while Nittany Lions was from a “Power Five” football conference. Despite losing two points in October, Memphis has tried everything in its power to appear on the national stage. The team had previously won three-time against Top 25 opponents and an additional win over Ole Miss and SEC Power Five School. Memphis was hoping to win the second time over a Power Five team; something gamblers had no confidence with.
Lions, Tigers, and Bettors
Penn had two wins over the top 25 schools and had previously challenged Ohio State, something that prompted bettors to wage in favor of Nittany Lions.
The Moneyline on Memphis was at +205 while for Penn State were at -260, and thus a bet of $100 could fetch a profit of $205 and $38.46, respectively. The oddsmakers also expected the game to be with much scoring.
The ESPN computer-simulated power index gave Lions a 71.4 percent chance of winning against Memphis. According to Casino.org, it is the first time Memphis has appeared in the New Year Six bowl, while it was the sixth major appearance for Penn State.