With their selection to the Boca Raton Bowl, both Western Kentucky and Memphis are making a third consecutive bowl appearance. The two programs have five times with the series split 2-2-1.
Here's the WKU Insider game preview:
LOCATION: Houchins-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green (22,113)
DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 20
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m.
RADIO: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
Play-by-Play: Randy Lee
Analyst: Leo Peckenpaugh
Sideline: Terry Obee
Play-by-Play: Dave Lamon
Analyst: Desmond Howard
Sideline: Quint Kessenich
- WKU is the first team in FBS history to tally a 4,000-yard career receiver, a 3,000-yard career receiver, and a 3,000-yard career rusher active at the same time with the trio of Taywan Taylor (4,090), Nicholas Norris (3,026) and Anthony Wales (3,092).
- With his current return average of 40.8 yards, kick returner Kylen Towner is on pace to set the FBS single-season record for kickoff return average.
- The Hilltoppers are averaging a halftime lead of 16.4 points, the fourth-best mark in the country. Only Michigan, Washington and Clemson are averaging larger halftime leads.
- WKU had seven players receive first team All-Conference honors: OL – Max Halpin, OL – Forrest Lamp, WR – Taywan Taylor, LB – Keith Brown, DB – Branden Leston, PR – Nacarius Fant
- The Tigers eight wins in 2016 ensures that the Tigers have produced the winningest three-year stretch in program history.
- Memphis finished third in the AAC West Division.
- Memphis has scored 30-plus points in seven games and 40-plus on three occasions this season.
- Memphis is making its 10th bowl appearance and holds a 5-4 FBS post-season record.
QB Mike White : First-year starter ranks among the nation's leaders in multiple categories, including No. 3 in passing efficiency.
WR Taywan Taylor : Ranks 2nd in the country in receiving yards, leads the nation in catches of 30+, 40+, 50+ and 70+ yards.
RB Anthony Wales : His 24 rushing TDs leads all running backs in the country. Needs three touchdowns to equal Willie Taggart's career touchdown record.
LB Keith Brown : 1st Team All-Conference selection is seventh in the country and leads C-USA with 123 total tackles this season, averaging 9.5 per contest.
QB Riley Ferguson : His 28 TD passes are tied for the most for a single season in program history.
WR Tony Pollard : The true freshman is fifth on the team with 217 receiving yards, but is ninth nationally in kickoff returns with an average of 28.4 per.
WR Anthony Miller : Led the Tigers with 1,283 receiving yards, good for ninth nationally.
DB Arthur Maulet : Voted the team MVP, Maulet finished fifth on the team in tackles, while also recording a pair of interceptions and 13 passes broken up.null