Why Memphis Will Win The Birmingham Bowl
– And here comes the ground game. The 1-2 punch of Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor – who combined for close to 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns – was great, but with Henderson taking off early for the NFL, Taylor will be more of the workhorse. The Tigers ripped off 200 yards or more in every game but one, with 401 yards in each of the last two games including the American Athletic championship loss to UCF.
– But the Tiger offense can throw, too, with Arizona State transfer Brady White stepping in and balancing things out a bit with 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns and eight picks. And now the MU offense gets to roll against a Wake Forest pass defense that was among the worst in the nation, allowing 300 yards or more seven times.
– The Wake Forest defense couldn’t stop the run over the first half of the season, and after giving up 300 passing yards or more in four of the last six games, they couldn’t stop anyone from throwing in the second half. Memphis should be able to pick and choose how it wants to move the ball against a defense that doesn’t come up with enough stops and can’t take the ball away, forcing just 15 turnovers.