Why Memphis Will Win The American Athletic Championship
– As brutally crass as it is to make this part of the factor, UCF doesn’t have its guy. The horrible leg injury suffered by Knight QB McKenzie Milton is of course a huge deal. He was the catalyst and the Heisman-caliber baller who threw for almost 300 yards in the comeback win over the Tigers earlier this season, and he hit them for 494 yards and five scores in last year’s championship. Darriel Mack has stepped in at times, and he’s a great prospect, but he’s not Milton. And …
– Here comes the pass rush. Football is a cruel, cruel business. The new quarterback is stepping in, and so the Tigers are about to bring the funk with a devastating group of playmakers who combined for a whopping 92 tackles for loss on the season with 34 sacks, including four against UCF.
– If you haven’t seen Darrell Henderson yet, here you go. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is a mortal lock to win the Doak Walker, but Henderson isn’t far behind, tearing off 1,699 yards on the season with 19 touchdowns and averaging 8.6 yards per carry. The first time around against the Knights, he went off for 199 yards on 21 carries. But he’s not the only star in the nation’s fifth-best running attack – the Tigers are going to roll in waves.