Memphis Betting Odds Preview

The Tigers started the 2012 season with four straight non-conference losses followed by a 1-4 straight-up start in their final run in Conference USA. They did salvage some hope for the future by winning the final three games of the year to finish 4-4 SU in conference play and 4-8 SU overall.

The highlight of that run was a 46-9 romp over UAB as 8.5-point road underdogs. Memphis tallied a total of 125 points in those last three games.
    
Odds to Win AAC: 66/1 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 4.5 at Bovada

Memphis head coach Justin Fuente has to be cautiously optimistic for his team’s chances to successfully compete in the AAC this season with quite a few starters back from last season on both sides of the ball. There are still some serious issues that will need to be addressed including a passing game that averaged just 166.6 yards a game, which was just 15 yards more than what it averaged on the ground.

Look for senior Jacob Karam to start the season at quarterback, but that could be subject to change if he proves to be ineffective. Also back is Brandon Hayes, who led the team in rushing with 576 yards on 118 carries. The other major  stumbling block for the Tigers exceeding a projected win total of 4.5 is a defense that was torched for an average of 30.3 points a game which was ranked 80th in Division IA. The one positive takeaway from this performance is that this unit only gave up a total of 56 points in its final three games.

Memphis performed much better against the spread with a 7-5 record in 2012. It went 4-2 ATS at home and covered in its last four games of the year. The total went OVER in four of its final five games.

AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8

Louisville 4/7
Cincinnati 4/1
Rutgers 4/1
UCF 15/2
SMU 25/1
Connecticut 33/1
South Florida 33/1
Houston 50/1
Memphis 66/1
Temple 75/1