Date: Saturday, October 6th
Kickoff Time: 6:00pm CT
Location: Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
Spread: Memphis -35.5
Memphis’ loss to Tulane was bad, but it was also extremely costly. It was their second conference loss, which means they need a ton of help if they want to win the division. For now, they’ll have to prove that last week was a fluke offensively. The Tigers offensive line had its worst performance of the year against the Green Wave, and it coincidentally prevented Darrell Henderson from being effective. All of the pressure was put on Brady White and the wide receivers, and they couldn’t do enough to keep Memphis in the game. This week provides them with a perfect opportunity to redeem themselves. UConn’s struggling mightily on defense, and that should mean the offense gets time to find their groove again. For the defense, they will get a chance to face a good quarterback in David Pindell, and hopefully they can handle the dual threat.
A good player who won’t be known
Pindell could be one of the better quarterbacks in the conference, but he’s been limited by the lack of talent around him. Throw in the fact that the Huskies defense is awful, and he has to play from behind most of the time. This is a team that’s allowing 660+ yards (351.8 passing and 311.2 rushing) and 53.4 points per game. Randy Edsall has a right to be mad, but he can’t be mad at the media for pointing out the obvious. His defense is bad, and that’s what he needs to be upset about. Right now, the Huskies aren’t even competitive because they’re never in games (excluding Rhode Island). They’re wasting Pindell’s talent because he’s being forced to always play from behind. Things need to get better, but it might not happen this week.
This is a dangerous combination. A Memphis offense looking to put up 100 points against a UConn defense that give up over half of that number per game. The Huskies may score a few, but the Tigers are going to score a lot. Probably at will.
Memphis 70 UConn 14