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#177 Arkansas State vs.
#178 Memphis
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

The Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) will be trying to pick up their first road win of the season when they face the Memphis Tigers (1-1, 0-0 American) on Saturday night. The Red Wolves are coming off a 45-12 loss to Ohio State as 44.5-point underdogs. The Tigers are coming off a 37-13 win over Navy as 4.5-point favorites.

Memphis is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Arkansas State.

Red Wolves Trying To Bounce Back From Loss

The Red Wolves followed up their season-opening win over Grambling with a blowout loss at the hands of the Buckeyes in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Tigers, which will give them their second win in their last three games.

Arkansas State has played well offensively so far, averaging 35 points per game through two games. They are throwing for 228 yards and rushing for 196 yards per game.

James Blackman completed 59 percent of his passes for 188 yards against the Buckeyes. Johnnie Lang had 12 carries for 19 yards, while Champ Flemings had 10 receptions for 105 yards.

Arkansas State hasn’t been very good defensively, giving up 24 points per game. They aren’t very good against the pass and they’re facing a team that loves to throw the ball, so they will need to do a better job if they want to win this game.

Tigers Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Tigers bounced back from their season-opening loss to Mississippi State with a good win over the Midshipmen in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Red Wolves, which will give them their second win in a row.

Memphis has done a good job offensively, averaging 30 points per game in two games. They are throwing for 290 yards and rushing for 110 yards per game.

Seth Henigan completed 71 percent of his passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Midshipmen. Asa Martin had five carries for 56 yards and one touchdown, while Gabriel Rogers had five catches for 95 yards.

Memphis hasn’t looked good defensively, with the team giving up 31 points per game in two games. They are facing a team that loves to run the ball and will need to play better than they did in their last game if they want to get the win.

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The Red Wolves played well offensively against an overmatched Grambling team, but they were knocked down a peg by the Buckeyes, who held them under 300 yards in their last game. Their running game is their calling card and it was impressive against the Tigers, but they failed to gain 100 yards on the Buckeyes. Memphis did a great job against the run when they played Mississippi State and even though they gave up more than 200 yards on the ground in their last game, they held their own against a Navy team that is known to keep the ball on the ground, holding them to 3.7 yards per carry on 58 carries, so expect them to slow down the Red Wolves running attack and force them to beat them through the air, which won’t happen. The Tigers love to air it out and they’ve done a good job so far, averaging close to 300 passing yards per game. The Red Wolves have struggled against the pass this season and they’re giving up close to 400 yards through the air, and will have a hard time slowing down the Tigers, so go with Memphis to cover the spread.

Prediction: Memphis Tigers -14

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The Red Wolves averaged 35 points per game through their first two games, but most of those points came against Grambling. They averaged 27 points per game in their last three games against the Tigers. They love to run the ball, but they won’t be as effective against a Memphis team that has done a good job defending the run, so expect them to be held under their average in this game. The Tigers averaged 30 points per game through their first two games and 41 points per game in their last three games against the Red Wolves. They have a great passing attack and they’re facing one of the worst pass defenses in the country. They won’t score as much as the Buckeyes did against the Red Wolves, but they will score enough points to push the score over the total.

Prediction: Under 65

Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

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