Inside the numbers: Memphis

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Football

The Bulls are facing a very good Tigers team on the road in this game. Memphis is putting up solid numbers on offense, both on the ground and through the air. On defense, they are very solid job by forcing more turnovers this year and stepping up when it counts. Let’s dig into the numbers to learn more about this team. 

Offense

On offense, Memphis is averaging 34.4 PPG (get ready Chuck Bresnahan). They are averaging 188.6 yards per game on the ground, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and had 25 rushing touchdowns on the year. The USF 3-4 front will have to be ready for this rushing attack and will have to plug the gaps against a very good running game. They average 234.4 yards through the year, averaging 7.6 yards per pass attempt and have 13 touchdowns. Again, they use a short passing game, something USF has seen all year and have yet to stop it. Overall, Memphis is averaging 423 yards per game and 5.5 yards per play. They will spread the field, gash the run game between the gaps and throw when they need to . The USF defense has struggled all year against spread teams and with a team that can run the ball out of this look, this could be a long day at the office for the Bulls.

Defense

On defense, the Tigers are allowing 17.5 PPG. They allow 130.1 yards per game on the ground, with just 3.7 yards per carry and have allowed 13 touchdowns. For the USF offense that relies on the run, they will face a stiff challenge with the Memphis rush defense and their ability to stop everyone. Memphis allows just 215.3 yards per game through the air, allowing 5.8 yards per pass attempt and have allowed just 9 touchdowns all year. Whoever gets the start for the Bulls at quarterback will be facing a real tough test in this game getting the ball out. They allow 345.4 yards overall per game and 4.8 yards per play. The USF offense struggled for most of the game with SMU and have yet to show any consistency. This game could be ugly if they can’t figure out the quarterback situation.

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