NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The college bowl season begins Tuesday night when North Texas takes on Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.
It will be the first of 28 bowl games in a 19-day span.
Despite a 27-20 loss to Texas Christian in their regular-season finale, the Tigers (8-4) completed their most successful campaign since 1973, tying for third in Conference USA.
North Texas (9-3) features the nation's leading rusher in Patrick Cobbs, who ran for a school-record 1,570 yards despite missing two games. Cobbs surpassed 200 yards on four occasions, rushing for 216 yards on 37 carries in the Mean Green's 13-10 victory over New Mexico State in their regular-season finale.
The Mean Green will be trying for the first 10-win season in school history and has won eight games in a row.