The 2012 Ticket City Bowl will feature Penn State against Houston, the bowl announced on Sunday. Penn State finished a tumultuous season in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at 9-3 after losing two of its final three games, while Houston suffered a surprising loss to Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA championship game to spoil its bid for a perfect season.
The Nittany Lions were potentially headed to the Big 10 title game, but losses to Nebraska and Wisconsin foiled that bid. Their stout defense will now have to deal with Case Keenum and Houston's high-powered offense.
Here is more information on the 2012 Ticket City Bowl.
Game date, time: 12:00 p.m. ET, January 2, 2012
Location: Cotton Bowl, Fair Park, Dallas, Tx.
TV channel: ESPNU
2010 winner and loser: Texas Tech def. Northwestern, 45-38