Birmingham Bowl - Auburn vs. Memphis - 12/30/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (8-3) vs. Auburn Tigers (6-6)
College Football: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Legion Field)
The Line: Memphis Tigers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 62.5 See the Latest Odds
The Auburn Tigers will play the Memphis Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl Game.
The Memphis Tigers were 9-3 this season and finished 3rd in the American West Division standings. The Memphis 42.7 points per game with 324.3 passing yards per game and 186.2 rushing yards per game. Paxton Lynch is the Memphis quarterback who is completing 69% of his passes for 3670 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Doroland Dorceus has 613 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Memphis. Jarvis Cooper has 363 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Tigers. Mose Frazier has 750 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Anthony Miller has 684 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Memphis. The Memphis defense is giving up 27 points per game with 269.3 passing yards per game and 137.8 rushing yards per game. Leonard Pegues has 65 tackles, Christian Johnson has 4 sacks, and Reggis Ball has 3 interceptions for Memphis. Memphis is +6 in turnover margin this season.
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The Auburn Tigers were 6-6 this season and finished 7th in the SEC West Division standings. The Auburn offense is averaging 27.2 points per game with 191.8 rushing yards per game and 175.6 passing yards per game. Jeremy Johnson is the Auburn quarterback who is completing 60.3% of his passes for 1043 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Sean White also plays quarterback for Auburn but is questionable with an injury; White has 1064 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Peyton Barber has 976 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for Auburn. Jovon Robinson has 513 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Tigers. Ricardo Louis has 699 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for Auburn. The Auburn defense is giving up 27.3 points per game with 232.2 passing yards per game and 189.7 rushing yards per game. Johnathan Ford has 113 tackles, Cassanova McKinzy has 5 sacks, and Justin Garrett has 2 interceptions for Auburn. Auburn is +4 in turnover margin this season.
The Auburn Tigers had a disappointing season and ended the season losing 4 of their last 6 games. Auburn struggled to score this season and had one of the lower passing yards per game in the nation. Auburn’s defense was ranked 69th in the nation and will have their hands full with a very good Memphis offense. Memphis had a good season but went on a three game losing streak towards the end of the season. Memphis has a very high scoring offense and ranks 13th in the passing attack in the nation. Memphis scored at least 34 points in 9 of their games this season. The Memphis defense struggled at times this season and will have to focus on stopping the run in this matchup. I think Memphis is the better team in this matchup, so I am picking them here.