It is early in the 2015 college football season and, when it comes to describing the University of Memphis and its football team, two words seem to apply: “Offensive Juggernaut.” The Tigers (that’s what their fans call them) have appeared to be almost unstoppable against the three opponents that have lined up against them on the gridiron.
Head Coach Justin Fuente, now in his fourth year, seems to have lots of offensive weapons at his disposal. And the Tigers, a squad that posted an excellent Won-Loss record of 10-3 in 2014, look primed to repeat that success again.
Coach Fuente watched his team, which is a member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), beat Conference foes seven times while posting just a single loss. The team’s overall 10-3 record earned it an invitation to the Miami Beach Bowl where it outlasted Brigham Young University (BYU) in a real slugfest. The final score was 55-48.
Now, through the first three weeks of the new season, it has been “more of the same” for the high-flying Tigers. Their season began at home on September 5th when the University of Memphis annihilated Missouri State University by a final score of 63-7. The Tigers traveled to the University of Kansas on September 12th and beat the home team by a score of 55-23.
Week Three had the University of Memphis playing Bowling Green University “on the road” on September 19th. As usual, the Tigers were prolific on offense. But, the home team was able to reach the end zone frequently, too. When the game ended, the Tigers came out on top by a score of 44-41.
There may be some tough home games in the future for the Tigers, but this team should be able to score lots of points against the majority of its remaining opponents.
The team’s home schedule has it hosting the University of Cincinnati on September 24th, 3rd-ranked Ole Miss on October 17th, the University of Tulane on October 31st, the U.S. Naval Academy on November 7th and Southern Methodist University (SMU) on November 28th.
The Tigers should find that the remaining road games offer lots of opportunities for wins. The University of Memphis will visit the University of South Florida on October 2nd, the University of Tulsa on October 23rd, the University of Houston on November 14th and the suddenly tough Temple Owls on November 21st.
If the Tigers of the University of Memphis continue to light up the scoreboard in upcoming games as frequently as they did in past games, there is very likely to be an invitation to a good bowl game in late December.
This team is fun to watch and will draw a large crowd to any bowl game in which it appears.
Courtesy of AAC Football Fever