Memphis Tigers vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Live Stream
Teams: Memphis vs Western Kentucky
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 20
Location: FAU Stadium — Boca Raton, Florida
Hilltoppers are in the always awkward situation of playing for an interim coach in Nick Holt. New coach Mike Sanford from Notre Dame won’t take over until after the bowl game.
If the transition with Holt as the coach in the bowl game is smooth, the Hilltoppers have plenty of talent on offense and figure to put up big numbers on Memphis. Junior quarterback Mike White took over this season and threw for over 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns as he replaced Brandon Doughty.
Tigers’ defense ranks in the bottom half of the nation in rushing and passing defense, so their best bet in this game is to turn quarterback Riley Ferguson loose and make this a shootout. The oddsmakers expect that to be the case with the point total set at 79.
Ferguson took over after Paxton Lynch departed for the NFL and played well, throwing for 3,326 yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Anything other than a high-scoring, one-possession game late in the fourth quarter would surprise me. I think both offenses will have plenty of success, and although Western Kentucky’s offense was more prolific this season, I think the Tigers will keep pace thanks to the Hilltoppers’ weak pass defense.