Memphis Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels Game Preview

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Mike Norvell and the Memphis Tigers are ready for more. Ready to win a conference championship, and ready to represent the AAC in the New Year’s bowl game for the Group of 5. After coming up short twice against UCF, the Tigers set their sights on loftier goals. Up first: Ole Miss. The Rebels have dominated the series to this point, but the teams are as close as they’ve ever been.


How to watch: ABC
Start time: 11:00am CT
Line: Memphis -5.5
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, TN)


Memphis Tigers to watch

QB Brady White
RB Patrick Taylor Jr.
WR Damonte Coxie
DE Bryce Huff
CB TJ Carter

Ole Miss Rebels to watch

QB Matt Corral
RB Scottie Phillips
DE Josiah Costney
NT Benito Jones
CB Jaylon Jones

Why Memphis wins

It weird to say this, but the Memphis Tigers are the better team. Ole Miss may have more talent on their roster, but the Tigers are the better team. Brady White is experienced, and Memphis returns a ton of talent on their two-deep. Running the ball against the Rebels front will be a key here, and White’s development also plays a role. The defense needs to prove that their returning experience means something, and that they can contribute and be reliable.

Why Ole Miss wins

Rich Rodriguez takes over the offense for head coach Matt Luke. He gets a quarterback in Matt Corral who has great potential. The Rebels are breaking in a few players at key positions (see: QB and WR), so limiting mental mistakes will keep them in the game.

Prediction

Expectations are high for the Memphis Tigers this year, and there’s no reason why they can’t achieve them. Norvell’s squad returns a lot of experience once again, and they can add a Power 5 win right away. MEMPHIS 31 OLE MISS 28

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