No. 14 Tulane (11-2, American Athletic, No. 16 CFP) vs No. 8 Southern California (11-2, Pac-12, No. 10 CFP), Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Arlington, Texas
Tulane: RB Tyjae Spears, 1,376 yards rushing, 15 touchdowns.
Southern California: QB Caleb Williams, 4,075 yards passing, 37 touchdowns, 4 interceptions; 372 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns.
Tulane: The Green Wave won the American Athletic Conference title Saturday by beating UCF 45-28. Went from 2-10 last season to first 10-win season and national ranking since 1998, matching FBS record for largest year-to-year improvement.
Southern California: With chance to get in the four-team College Football Playoff, the Trojans lost 47-24 to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night. The Trojans have already matched their largest win increase between seasons, from 4-8 last year to 11-2 in coach Lincoln Riley's first season.
Southern California 20, Tulane 13, Dec. 21, 1946.
Tulane: First appearance in Cotton Bowl, 15th bowl game in school history.
Southern California: Third appearance in Cotton Bowl, 56th bowl game in school history.
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