Memphis (6-0, 2-0) at Tulsa (2-4, 1-2)
When: Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Where: H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: ESPN
The Memphis Tigers try to keep their undefeated season going tonight when they visit Tulsa. The Tigers are coming off their biggest win of the year last week when they defeated Ole Miss despite trailing 14-0 early. Memphis owns the third-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Ohio State and TCU. Paxton Lynch has paced Memphis with 300-plus yards passing in each of the last 5 games and has thrown 13 touchdowns to only 1 interception this season. The Tigers are 4th in FBS averaging 46 points per game and are 10th in yards per contest with 533, thanks in large part to Lynch and a three-headed receiving attack. Anthony Miller, Mose Frazier and Phil Mayhue all have at least 20 receptions and have combined for over 1,000 yards, while Memphis’ running game features a balanced attack with five running backs who have two or more touchdowns. The Tigers hope to get off to a good start against the Golden Hurricane, although they have proven the ability to come from behind with four comebacks of at least 10 points this season – tops in FBS. The defense will have its hands full with Tulsa tonight. The Tigers rank third worst in the nation against the pass and 105th overall in total yards allowed.
Tulsa is coming off a 30-17 to East Carolina and now sit at 0-2 in the improved American Athletic Conference. Tulsa is led by quarterback Dane Evans, who has thrown for 2,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Golden Hurricane rank second in the league in both passing (354.5 yards per game) and total offense (550.5 yards). Running back Zack Langer only averages 3.9 yards a carry, but has scored 11 touchdowns on the season. Wide receivers Keyarris Garrett and Joshua Atkinson have combined for 81 catches and almost 1,300 yards, while Keevan Lucas has caught a team-high 5 touchdowns. Tulsa’s defense will have all kinds of trouble with Memphis. The Golden Hurricane rank 122nd nationally in total defense allowing 525 yards a game and 106th in points allowed per game with 34.8. At 3-3, Tulsa just needs to finish 3-3 in their final six games to be Bowl eligible. A win tonight would be huge for them.
The total is set at 77, which all you need to know about the level of defense that will be played tonight. I’m going to put a small play on Tulsa tonight. Memphis is coming off an emotional win and playing on the road. The Golden Hurricane have the offense to keep pace.
Pick: Tulsa +10.5