Temple (3-2) vs Memphis (3-1)

Fresh off its first loss of the season, host Memphis aims to regroup Thursday against resurgent Temple when the Owls visit the Tigers in an American Athletic Conference game (Enter contest). Memphis outscored its opponents 155-27 during a 3-0 start, but struggled in a 20-point loss at Ole Miss last week in its final non-conference tune-up.

ABOUT MEMPHIS

The Tigers’ defense allowed 624 yards while the team committed four turnovers and seven penalties against the Rebels. They’ve allowed a total of 10 points in their previous two games before surrendering 48 to Ole Miss, and now must contend with an Owls squad that has defeated them in two of the last three seasons. Memphis needs Riley Ferguson to have a bounce back game after the junior threw three interceptions without a touchdown pass last week, a stark contrast to his eight touchdowns and zero picks over the previous two outings. Wide receiver Anthony Miller had 157 total yards and a touchdown against the Rebels, while fellow junior Doroland Dorceus rushed for a score for the fourth straight game.

Memphis is averaging 45.8 points, which is sixth-best in the nation. Kicker Jake Elliott needs one point to tie DeAngelo Williams (362) for second place in school history and eight points to match Stephen Gostkowski (369) for top spot in the Tigers’ record books. The Tigers have not returned a kickoff for a touchdown in 233 consecutive games. It’s the longest active streak in the FBS.

ABOUT TEMPLE

The Owls faced plenty of issues themselves early in the season but have regrouped to win two straight behind 48- and 45-point performances. Although senior quarterback Philip Walker is looking to deliver a stronger effort this week, he went 7-of-18 for 124 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions last week against SMU.

Sophomore tailback Ryquell Armstead scored two touchdowns in his second straight game. He finished with 159 rushing yards against SMU. Senior Jahad Thomas also had a pair of rushing scores. It was his third straight game with two rushing TDs. He continues to work his way back from a hand injury that sidelined him for the first two games of the season. After recording a career-high 10 tackles against SMU, sophomore defensive back Delvon Randall will need a repeat performance versus the Tigers. Owls kicker Austin Jones is 8-for-8 in field goals (long of 45) and 21-for-21 on extra points this season.

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Cincinnati Bearcats versus Memphis Tigers College Football Fantasy Preview

The Memphis Tigers will be hosting the Cincinnati Bearcats from college football from the AAC conference. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time on Thursday night September 24th.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will enter play with a record of 2-1 on the campaign. Their defeat came in week two losing at home to Temple 34-26. Last week the Bearcats visited Miami Ohio a MAC school and came away with a 37-33 victory. Cincinnati drove for a touchdown with a minute remaining for the victory. The team was able to move the football for 545 yards with 282 yards rushing. Defensively the Bearcats allowed 448 yards to the Red Hawks. Cincinnati will have to clean up the four turnovers from last week.

Memphis is a perfect 3-0 on the year. They have notable road wins at Kansas winning 55-23 and went into Bowling Green last week and won 44-41. The Tigers are fifth best in college football in scoring and rank eighth in the nation in total yards with 570 yards.

Cincinnati Bearcats QB:

Gunner Kiel

Junior quarterback Gunner Kiel has completed 63% of his throws for 805 yards with five touchdowns and four picks. In his lone road game at Miami Ohio Kiel hit on 15 of 26 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bearcats RB:

Tion Green

Green leads Cincinnati in carries with 49 rushes for 252 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 5.1 yards a carry on the season. On the road at Miami Ohio, Green had 19 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Hosey Williams

The senior running back has 44 carries for 221 yards and a touchdown. He had 81 rushing yards in the road win at Miami Ohio last week on 17 carries for nearly 5 yards per rush.

Cincinnati Bearcats WR:

Johnny Holton:

Holton had eight catches for 167 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 21 yards per reception on the campaign.

Shaq Washington:

The senior wide out has caught 17 balls for 166 yards and a touchdown. He had four grams for 44 yards last week at Miami Ohio.

Memphis Tigers QB:

Paxton Lynch:

The six foot seven inch junior quarterback has hit on 76% of his throws for 818 yards with six touchdowns and no picks. Last week at Bowling Green Lynch threw for 386 yards on 29 of 40 throws with three touchdowns.

Memphis Tigers RB:

Jarvis Cooper:

Cooper leads the Tigers in carries with 36 on the year with 174 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore back saw nine carries at Bowling Green and ran for just 15 yards for less than 2 yards per rush average.

Doroland Dorceus:

The sophomore back has rushed 29 times for 143 yards with four touchdowns. At Bowling Green last week Dorceus ran for 75 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown and a long run of 17 yards.

Memphis Tigers WR:

Mose Frazier

A senior wide out Mose Frazier has 17 catches on the year for 232 yards with two touchdowns. He caught seven passes at Bowling Green last week for 66 yards with a long gain of 26 yards.

Phil Mayhue:

The Tigers sophomore wide receiver has nine catches on the season for 124 yards. Week two was his most productive with five catches for 68 yards with a long reception going for 32 yards.

Tevin Jones

Jones has seen significant action in all four years with the program. He has five receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three balls at Bowling Green for 98 yards and a touchdown. He had a catch go for 48 yards last week.

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