MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis tries to calm the weather storm as they face the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa. Tulsa are looking to build some momentum at home after their 7-point win over Arkansas State, which was their only win this season. Meanwhile, the Tigers of Memphis struggle through a year of ups and downs and try to stay afloat. The Tigers are 3-2 on the year and currently on a 2-game loss skid. If they lost to Tulsa, Memphis would lose 3 games in a row, which has not happened since their 2015 campaign.
A look at the Tigers 3-2 slate, more detailed 3 point losses against both UTSA and Temple. Memphis quickly took a 21-0 lead in the UTSA match in the first quarter. On the hunt, however, they simply ran out of stamina and were outdone in the second half with 24-7 points. In the Temple game, the Tigers QB Seth Henigan threw 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. But similar to the UTSA loot, Memphis was beaten in the 2nd half and lost the sales battle. The trend in the last few weeks has been that the tiger’s claws become less sharp the longer the game lasts.
All Tiger fans can remember the last time Memphis competed in Tulane. Tulsa missed a game-winning field goal and the Tigers narrowly ran away with a 42-41 win. College Gameday visited Beale Street the following week. Memphis played in the championship game of the American Athletic Conference and the Cotton Bowl. Tulsa wants sweet revenge, Memphis wants the beautiful moments to come back and the blues music to keep playing.
What is positive about this game against Tulsa? Memphis stands 4: 1 against opponents with the same or worse record.
The key to winning is something that was previously alluded to, stepping on the metal for the entire game. Both the UTSA and Temple games were winable in numerous situations, but the Tigers let the game slip away. When it comes to wins, Memphis has averaged 19 points in the 2nd half; if the Tigers lose, that number drops below 10. Tulsa is 85th in the nation, on total defense. The Golden Hurricanes have allowed a total of 20 touchdowns and 400 yards per game. In that game, when Henigan was a man on a mission, Temple ranks 35th in overall defense. Henigan should have a productive day ahead of them and many points will be scored as a result.
Tulsa wants revenge for what happened last time. Memphis needs this victory to get back on track.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the Tigers have 4 home games compared to 2 away games.
Home: Navy (Memphis 2-game winning streak in series), SMU (SMU 1-game winning streak in series), East Carolina (Memphis 2), Tulane (Tulane 1)
Street: UCF (Memphis 1), Houston (Memphis 5)
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