Date: Friday, September 14th
Kickoff Time: 6:00pm CT
Location: Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
Spread: Memphis -28.5
What happened last week?
Simply put, Memphis couldn’t control the weather, and it affected their game immensely. Passing the ball wasn’t an option, which led to Darrell Henderson’s career day. With the offense struggling, it was on the defense to limit Navy’s triple option attack. They did well for the most part, but got worn down towards the end. Navy may have won the game, but they weren’t the better team.
There’s no time to dwell in the past of what could have been. Last week is over, and this week presents a great opportunity to show that the last game was a fluke. The offense should be flying all over the field, and the defense should be able to limit Georgia State. Weather shouldn’t play a role in this one, so expect the offense to be explosive once again.
Brady White should have a bounce back game after completing just 15 of his 25 passes for 145 yards and an interception against the Midshipmen. That will take a load off of Henderson’s shoulders, and give the Tigers a more balanced attack. There shouldn’t be any concerns about this side of the ball going forward unless weather becomes an issue again.
What’s exciting about this Memphis team is how the defense is playing. Last week, the pressure was almost solely placed on this groups shoulders, and they responded well. Given that the offense was limited due to the conditions, the defense held Navy’s triple option attack in check most of the game. This was an experienced group coming into the season, and early success will only help the Tigers going forward.
Georgia State Player to Know
WR Penny Hart
I don’t expect the Memphis offense to have any trouble against a Panthers defense that is allowing 461 yards per game. Where I do expect the Tigers to be focused is on defense. Hart is small, but has big play ability. Teams will look to limit his impact on the game this year, and Memphis will be one of them. Georgia State isn’t a great running team (only 117.5 yards per game come on the ground), so expect them to move the ball through the air. TJ Carter and the rest of the secondary should be up to the task.
This game is lopsided on paper, and it should be on the field. Losing to Navy certainly stung, but it had more to do with the weather. Hopefully, the players didn’t let it affect them too much. The best way to move on is to play another game, and this game gives Memphis a chance to let out any frustrations still leftover.
Memphis 50 Georgia State 7