Memphis vs. Southern Illinois - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis vs. Southern Illinois - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Southern Illinois Salukis (2-0) at Memphis Tigers (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Liberty Bowl)

The Line: Memphis Tigers -21 -- Over/Under: 72 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Memphis Tigers meet Saturday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Southern Illinois Salukis have a chance to shock the college football world with a win here and a 3-0 start. The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost 11 of their last 12 road games. Sam Straub is completing 51 percent of his passes for 397 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Straub and Tanner Hearn have combined for seven touchdown passes this season. Darrell James and Connor Iwema have combined for 290 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Raphael Leonard has five receptions. The Southern Illinois Salukis ground game is averaging 192 yards per contest, and Daquan Isom leads the way with 126 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing 10 points and 289 yards per game. Ryan Neal leads the Southern Illinois Salukis with 12 tackles, Anthony Knighton has three sacks and Jeremy Chinn has two interceptions. 

The Memphis Tigers look to improve to 3-0 on the season after beating the UCLA Bruins last week. The Memphis Tigers have won seven of their last nine home games. Riley Ferguson is completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 495 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Ferguson has has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Anthony Miller and Joey Magnifico have combined for 311 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tony Pollard has four receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 240.5 yards per contest, and Darrell Henderson leads the way with 274 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 37 points and 529 yards per game. Curtis Akins leads the Memphis Tigers with 16 tackles, O'Bryan Goodson has one sack and Austin Hall has one interception.

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The Salukis are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The over is 4-0 in Salukis last 4 games on fieldturf. The over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 games following a ATS win and 5-0 in Tigers last 5 games following a straight up win.

Southern Illinois has shown it can score and put up impressive offensive numbers, but it's done nothing on the road dating back to last season and that includes losing to a bad FAU team in last years season opener. The Memphis Tigers are coming off an impressive win over UCLA and should be a confident bunch after the offense looked unstoppable. While this is a bit of a letdown spot for the Tigers, a three-touchdown victory isn't asking too much.

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Randy’s Pick Memphis Tigers -21

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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