The Tigers (1-4) need a win desperately. U of M coach Larry Porter has been under intense scrutiny the last few weeks and a win would go a long way in dispelling some of the heat he's facing right now.
Here are some statistics to take into account when the Tigers go up against the Owls tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. All stats are from both teams' last outings.
Rushing yards allowed
Passing yards allowed
Well, it doesn't take much research to figure out how awful both defenses are. Rice is coming off a 42-28 loss to Southern Miss in which the Owls allowed 654 yards of offense. The Tigers will try to put a heartbreaker of a loss behind them Saturday after being outscored 38-14 in the final three quarters against MTSU last week.
The key for Memphis is establishing the running game early. U of M coach Larry Porter, ideally, would like to milk the clock and not put too much pressure on freshman quarterback Taylor Reed.
If the Tigers, who get back Jerrell Rhodes after a bone bruise kept him out three games, can run the ball effectively, I'd look for a Tiger victory.