Date: Friday, September 28th
Kickoff Time: 7:00pm CT
Location: Yulman Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
Spread: Memphis -14
Last time we saw the Tigers play a conference game, it was pouring rain. That weather affected Memphis’ offense more than anything in their 22-21 loss to Navy earlier this year. They get a chance to prove that game was a fluke against a team that is reeling after a month.
So what do we know about the Memphis Tigers after a month of football? Brady White seems to be a perfect fit for the offense. He’s created some chemistry with the wide receivers, mostly Damonte Coxie. Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor continue to be dominant in the backfield, with Henderson exploding in the last three games. All of this success can be attributed to an elite offensive line, who have proven to be the best in the conference thus far. Defensively, we’re not quite sure how good this group can be. The Navy loss was tough, but the defense kept the Midshipmen triple option attack fairly in check. Last week’s game against South Alabama was rough, but overall it seems this unit is better than last year. They have to be prepared this week against an offense that is much more explosive this season.
Turning things around
To be honest, there aren’t many that saw a 1-3 start coming. Granted, the Green Wave were 13 points away from being 3-1, but they couldn’t pull out wins against Wake Forest and UAB. Close losses were a staple on this team last year, and it already looks like 2018 is providing more of the same. It all starts with the quarterback.
Jonathan Banks looked so good against Wake Forest, that many believed he was taking a big step in his game. He has looked much better throwing the ball, but he’s only completing 49.5% of his passes. That wouldn’t be a problem normally, but his rushing numbers are significantly lower than they were last year. If Tulane can’t get more consistency from him in the pass game, it’s going to be a long season. He has the skillset to beat defense with his arm, but the accuracy needs to be better.
Tulane is looking for any sort of momentum builder, and a win at home over this Memphis Tigers team could jolt confidence into this team. Memphis is on a mission to prove that their one loss was a fluke, which could mean that the Green Wave are in for a long night. Last year’s 56-26 blowout showed just how quickly things can get out of control, and the Tigers offense might be better than last year. With that much firepower, it’s difficult to see how they can be stopped.
Memphis 44 Tulane 27