Memphis vs. Navy
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Memphis -11.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Navy Midshipmen and Memphis Tigers meet Thursday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The Navy Midshipmen look for their first road victory to get off to a strong 3-0 start. The Navy Midshipmen haven’t won a road game since September of 2017. Malcolm Perry is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Navy Midshipmen have seven touchdown passes dating back to last season. CJ Williams and Keoni-Kordell Makekau have combined for 173 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Mychal Cooper has two receptions. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 371.4 yards per contest, and Perry leads the way with 184 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 8.5 points and 226.5 yards per game. Diego Fagot leads the Navy Midshipmen with 14 tackles, Nizaire Cromartie has one sack and Kevin Brennan has one interception.
The Memphis Tigers look for a third home win to get off to a 4-0 start to the season. The Memphis Tigers have won four straight home games. Brady White is completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 718 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. White has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Damonte Coxie and Joey Magnifico have combined for 369 receiving yards on 19 receptions while Kedarian Jones has six receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 227 yards per contest, and Kenneth Gainwell leads the way with 307 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 13.3 points and 226.3 yards per game. JJ Russell leads the Memphis Tigers with 16 tackles, Tim Hart has one sack and Xavier Cullens has one interception.
The Midshipmen are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a bye week. The Midshipmen are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 17-5 in Tigers last 22 home games. The under is 5-2 in Midshipmen last 7 games overall.
The Navy Midshipmen are 8-4-1 ATS in their last 13 games when a double-digit underdog. The Memphis Tigers have covered 11 of their last 14 games when a double-digit favorite. The last two meetings between these clubs were decided by a combined four points and this should be another fun one with both teams having more than a week to prepare. The Memphis Tigers haven't been as impressive as I thought they'd be out of the gate, and it's always tough to blowout a team like Navy that controls the clock and can really take the air out of the game. I also have too much respect for coach Ken Niumatalolo to leave this many points on the table.