BYU vs. Memphis Miami Beach Bowl - 12/22/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (8-4) at Memphis Tigers (9-3)
College Football: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Marlins Park)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -1 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
The Brigham Young Cougars take the field in Sunny Miami to face the Memphis Tigers in the Miami Beach Bowl.
It was a frustrating season for the Brigham Young Cougars as they lost star quarterback Taysom Hill to injury early on which likely cost the 8-4 cougars a few wins and possibly a shot at the NC. Despite the loss BYU outscored opponents 36-25 so they obviously had talent beyond Hill. The defense held their own with 384 yards allowed and were the #14 run D with less then 118 yards given up. Of course opponents threw 267 yards but that was because most put the ball in the air because there wasn't any success on the run. Before getting hurt Hill threw for 975 yards and was the team's second leading runner with 463 yards. Christian Stewart wasn't a bad replacement under center with 2,262 passing yards with 22 TD's and six picks. Jamaal Williams led BYU on the ground with 515 yards while Paul Lasike, Nate Carter and Algernon Brown combined for around 800 yards with Mitch Matthews and Jordan Leslie combining for nearly 1,600 yards in receptions.
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The Memphis Tigers went from a struggling team to a Bowl in a few years as we could see some baby steps forward and then a giant leap in 2014 with a 9-3 record. The Tigers could score and defend which we saw in a six game winning streak to end the year as they outscored the opposition 35-17 overall. This was a top 25 defense that gave up 343 yards with 125 yards allowed on the ground and 218 yards coming in the air so this unit was strong in all areas. Quarterback Patrick Lynch ran this offense perfectly with a 64% completion rate for 2,275 yards with 18 TD's and six interceptions. Brandon Hayes paced the Tigers on the ground with 902 yards with Jarvis Cooper totaling 360 yards but both averaged over five yards per carry which shows some explosiveness. The receiving corps was a three man show with Keiwone Malone, Mose Frazier and Tevin Jones each totaling between 442 yards and 480 yards apiece.
The Cougars are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on grass while the over is 6-1 in Cougars last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. For Memphis the Tigers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win with the over going 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games following a SU win of more than 20 points while the Tigers are 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Brigham Young has been up and down and I blame some of that on their quarterback situation. I'm leaning Memphis right now but will update with any change...