Preview: Memphis at Houston

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 14, 2015
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas


The final weeks of the American Athletic Conference schedule - starting with No. 25 Memphis' trip to No. 16 Houston on Saturday - will likely decide who will get the Group of 5's spot in a New Year's Six bowl game. The Tigers (21) and Cougars (24) were ranked in this week's College Football Playoffs rankings along with conference mates Navy (20) and Temple (22).



Houston is the only undefeated team left in the Group of 5 and faces its toughest test of the season in Memphis. The game will feature the league's top scoring offenses - Memphis at 44.8 and Houston at 44.4 - which are led by two talented quarterbacks. Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch has eight straight 300-yard games. His counterpart, Cougars quarterback Greg Ward Jr. has 16 rushing touchdowns and a 70.4 completion percentage.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Houston -7



ABOUT MEMPHIS (8-1, 4-1 AAC): Lynch (3,014 yards, 19 TDs and two INTs on 69.1 completion percentage) has at least one touchdown pass in 14 straight games. Doroland Dorceus leads the Tiger ground game with 449 yards and seven TDs while receiver Mose Frazier has 52 catches for 626 yards and three scores. Jake Elliott, who has hit 16 of 18 field goals this year, has the second most field goals made in school history (53).

ABOUT HOUSTON (9-0, 5-0): Ward has thrown for 2,116 yards, 13 TDs and four INTs to go with 829 rushing yards. Kenneth Farrow has a team-high 857 rushing yards and 10 TDs and the Cougars are ranked seventh nationally in rushing yardage (273). Houston's defense allows 99.4 rushing yards (eighth nationally) and 18.7 points (22nd nationally) and has forced a FBS-leading 25 turnovers.



EXTRA POINTS

1. Memphis is 4-0 on the road this season and has won eight straight, the nation's second-longest road winning streak behind Ohio State's 16.

2. The Cougars defense has scored a defensive touchdown in three straight games (fumble return and two interceptions returned).

3. Houston has won 10 straight games, the fourth longest active streak behind Ohio State (22), Clemson (12) and Oklahoma State (11).



PREDICTION: Houston 36, Memphis 24


Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Memphis 8-1 L1 44.8 28.7 4-1 4-0 1-0 0-0 4-1
Houston 9-0 W9 44.4 18.7 5-0 4-0 1-0 5-0 5-0

Last Meeting

Memphis Houston
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/11/14 HOU 28 MEM 24 368 125 243 354 166 188

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MEM P. Lynch 70.3 243 2 3
HOU G. Ward Jr. 60.7 188 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MEM S. Craft 17 49 2.9 0
HOU G. Ward Jr. 17 95 5.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MEM T. Jones 6 72 12.0 1
HOU D. Greenberry 5 79 15.8 0
TDs Player TD
MEM T. Jones 1
HOU M. Ambles 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MEM P. Lynch 69.1 3014 19 2
HOU G. Ward Jr. 70.0 2115 13 4
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MEM D. Dorceus 103 449 4.4 7
HOU K. Farrow 158 857 5.4 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MEM M. Frazier 52 626 12.0 3
HOU D. Ayers 60 768 12.8 5
TDs Player TD
MEM D. Dorceus 8
HOU G. Ward Jr. 16

Quickchart Matchup

Memphis Off vs  Houston Def
546.7 yards
367.6 yards
4.4 yards/rush
3 yards/rush
9.3 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Houston Off vs  Memphis Def
525.8 yards
437.2 yards
5.3 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
9 yards/attempt
8.4 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Memphis Overall Houston
8-1-0 W/L 9-0-0
4-4-1 ATS 6-3-0
6-3-0 O/U 4-4-1
44.8 Pts For 44.4
28.7 Pts Against 18.7
Memphis A/H Houston
4-0 W/L 5-0
2-1-1 ATS 2-3-0
3-1-0 O/U 2-2-1
47.2 Pts For 45.4
30.8 Pts Against 19.2
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