Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, December 22
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Memphis (8-5) vs. Wake Forest (6-6) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Birmingham Bowl
– The potential is there for this to be among the wildest shootouts of the bowl season with a whole lot of big plays and lots of scoring. Memphis finished fourth in the nation in rushing, averaging 286 yards per game to go along with a high-end passing attack. Wake Forest put up 443 total yards per game, is explosive, and doesn’t normally play a whole lot of defense. Get ready for some fun.
– Arizona State is playing in the Las Vegas Bowl, and that’s the lone Power Five program in a bowl game until Wake Forest hits the field. The next P5 team getting a spot in the spotlight doesn’t come until four days later – this is the chance for the Demon Deacons to take advantage of the attention. It’s an even bigger moment for the ACC, and …
– No pressure, Memphis, but as the second-best team in the American Athletic – losing to UCF in the conference title game – this is one of those torch-bearer games. The intensity won’t be there like it will be when UCF takes on LSU in the Fiesta, but for a league desperately trying to push its way into “Power 6” respectability, there can’t be a loss here to a mediocre ACC team that barely got into the bowl season.