BYU Cougars (8-4) at Memphis Tigers (9-3)
|Date & Time||Monday December 22, 2014, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Memphis Tigers -1 -- Over/Under: 56.5
The BYU Cougars and the Memphis Tigers face off on Monday afternoon at Marlins Park in the first Miami Beach Bowl college football bowl game.
The BYU Cougars had an up and down season but rebounding after losing QB Taysom Hill to win their last four games. The BYU offense is averaging 36.2 points and 463.4 yards per game led by QB Christian Stewart who completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and six interceptions and he has rushed for four touchdowns. Jamaal Williams has rushed for 518 yards and four touchdowns but he is out for this one and Mitch Mathews leads the Cougars with 64 catches and eight touchdowns and Jordan Leslie has 54 catches and five touchdowns. The BYU defense allows 25.2 points and 384.2 yards per game with 21 takeaways and 25 sacks. Skye Povey has 69 tackles, Zach Stoudt has 60 tackles, and Bronson Kaufusi has 6.0 sacks. BYU had lost four in a row before their strong finish to the season.
The Memphis Tigers are 9-3 this season finishing their regular season with six wins in a row. Memphis is averaging 34.7 points and 422.7 yards per game led by QB Paxton Lynch who has completed 64 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Brandon Hayes leads the Tigers in rushing with 900 yards and five touchdowns and Mose Frazier has 43 receptions and Keiwone Malone has 39 catches. The Memphis defense allows 17.1 points 343.2 yards with 27 takeaways and 28 sacks. Tank Jakes has 83 tackles and 6.0 sacks, Genard Avery has 5.0 sacks, and Bobby McCain has four interceptions. Memphis has turned their program around.
BYU is 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Memphis is 5-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games.
We have two good defenses here so scoring should be tough and I like the under in this one. With these teams allowing a combines 42 points per game on average it gives us a nice cushion though the Bowls tend to be higher scoring games.