Looking for a Memphis vs. Western Kentucky preview ahead of their matchup in the Boca Raton Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Memphis Tigers take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the Boca Raton Bowl. The game, to be played at FAU Football Stadium, is slated for a 7:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Memphis vs. Western Kentucky preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Western Kentucky wins the matchup between the two teams 58.7% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Hilltoppers favored as well.
Spread: Western Kentucky -6.5
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Memphis vs. Western Kentucky preview:
Memphis (8-4) ended the regular season with a 48-4 win over Houston which was its second straight win. Western Kentucky (10-3) beat Louisiana Tech 58-44 giving the Hilltoppers their seventh straight win and a Conference USA Championship.
Western Kentucky put up 656 yards of offense in the Conference USA title game against Louisiana Tech including 235 yards on the ground. Mike White threw for 4,027 and 34 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers this season. Wide receiver Taywan Taylor finished second in the nation with 1,586 receiving yards.
Memphis and Houston combined for over 1,000 yards of offense in the regular season finale win for the Tigers. Riley Ferguson threw for 3,326 yards and 28 touchdowns for the Tigers while Doroland Dorceus rushed for 783 yards and nine scores during the regular season.
Memphis lost to Auburn 31-10 in last year's Birmingham Bowl while Western Kentucky beat South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl a year ago.
Memphis vs. Western Kentucky Prediction:
Western Kentucky enters the game averaging 517 yards per game, the seventh highest mark in the nation. The Hilltoppers also sit fifth in the country in passing yards per game (336.8 yards).
Memphis has had a tough time against the pass all year allowing over 242 yards through the air per contest and the struggles will continue in Boca.
Western Kentucky 42, Memphis 37