Houston vs. Penn State, TicketCity Bowl; Jan. 2, noon at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas; ESPNU
Record/finish: 12-1 overall, 8-1 Conference USA; lost conference title game to Southern Mississippi.
Coach: Kevin Sumlin, fourth season, 35-17.
Top rusher: Charles Sims, 782 yards, nine touchdowns.
Top passer: Case Keenum, 5,099 yards, 45 touchdowns.