2015 Record: 9-4
2016 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 6.5*
2016 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Under'
Memphis is hoping that the loss of quarterback Paxton Lynch and coach Justin Fuente doesn't signal the swift and sudden return of the Tigers program to national irrelevance. Memphis is just a year removed from a banner season in which the Tigers beat Mississippi and had a four-week cup of coffee in the Top 25. But they now face the tall order of maintaining momentum under a new regime.
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Remember: this is a Memphis team that went just 12-48 from 2009 through 2013. So these guys aren't exactly used to handling success. It would have to be considered a momentous achievement if new coach Mike Norvell, who was the offensive coordinator at Arizona State for the past four seasons, can get this team back to a bowl game.
I'm not counting on it.
The Tigers have lost a load of talent over the past two offseasons. Two years ago they had one of the nation's better defenses, and Lynch was a rare NFL-caliber player for this offense. This team is still super athletic, and there are a lot of upperclassmen dotting the two-deep. But there's no telling how they are going to adjust to the new coaching staff. The Tigers are learning new systems on both sides of the ball, and they are doing so without the leaders from last year's offense and defense.
Memphis's early-season schedule is favorable enough; they open at home against a cupcake and then have a bye week to prepare for two more home games against rebuilding teams. But the late-season schedule is rough and I think that this team is going to run out of steam. I'm playing the Tigers 'under' as I don't see them making it back to a bowl game.
2016 Memphis Tigers Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location
Sat, Sep 3rd, 2016 SE Missouri St 12:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
Sat, Sep 17th, 2016 Kansas 12:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
Sat, Sep 24th, 2016 Bowling Green1:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
Sat, Oct 1st, 2016 at Ole Miss 01:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Thu, Oct 6th, 2016 Temple 08:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
Fri, Oct 14th, 2016 at Tulane 08:00 PM Benson Field at Yulman Stadium
Sat, Oct 22nd, 2016 at Navy 03:30 PM Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Ma
Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 Tulsa 01:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
Sat, Nov 5th, 2016 at SMU 01:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Nov 12th, 2016 South Florida 01:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
Fri, Nov 18th, 2016 at Cincinnati 08:00 PM Nippert Stadium
Fri, Nov 25th, 2016 Houston 01:00 PM Liberty Bowl Memorial
All Times EST
*Season Win Total Odds from 5Dimes Sportsbook.
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