Will Memphis win a football game this season?

The Memphis football team is now 0-3 for the first time since 2008.  MTSU won in convincing fashion 48-30 on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium thanks to countless fumbles (Memphis lost three of them) and a poor second half performance by the Tigers. While a 0-3 record is not what any Tigers fan wanted to see at the start of the season, the last time Memphis was in a bowl was also in 2008 after starting with 3 straight losses..  The Tigers won six of their final nine games that year to make it to a bowl.  Maybe this year’s team can accomplish what the 2008 team did, but probably not.  In fact, the Tigers may not win a game all year.  It would be the first time since 1936 that Memphis went winless in a season.

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There are still some winnable games on their schedule. Here is a list (a very short list, but a list nonetheless) of possible wins this year for Memphis football.

October 6 vs. Rice
Memphis will be coming off of a bye week and the extra week of preparation might prove to be the difference between the two teams.  However, Rice is no slouch.  They beat Kansas this season and have a pretty good rushing attack, averaging 204 yards per game on the ground.  The Tigers allow nearly 220 yards rushing per game, and will have to find a way to stop the Owls’ rushing attack if they expect to have a chance to win this game at home.

November 10 vs. Tulane
Like Memphis, Tulane is also winless so far this year.  After two games, the Green Wave are averaging 7.5 rushing yards per game. Yes that is right.  They average 7.5 rushing yards per game!  This game might answer the question of what happens when a very movable object meets an incredibly stoppable force.  Memphis has won six straight in this series, and if they cannot find a way to beat Tulane, the Tigers may be headed for a 0-12 campaign.

November 17 vs. UAB
The Battle for the Bones is always a good rivalry game to watch, and this year Memphis may be looking for their first win of the season, which could stoke the fire some.  Like the Tigers, UAB is breaking in a first year head coach in Garrick McGee after years of mediocrity.  UAB is allowing 477 total yards which should bode well for the Tigers offense when the two teams face off.

November 24 vs. Southern Miss
This is the last game of the year for Memphis, and it may be the last chance they have to prevent a winless season.  Southern Miss is not having the best of years after losing their first two games and struggling without last year’s stand out quarterback Austin Davis.  The Tigers may be able to feed off of the energy and emotion of senior day to pull off the upset and beat the Golden Eagles.  After all, there is nothing more dangerous than a hungry a tiger whose back is against the wall with nothing left to lose.

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CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport.  Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from different college football games throughout the Mid-South.