Now that we’ve passed the Christmas holiday, college bowls are going to come at us fast and furiously. On December 27th, the Servpro First Responder Bowl will take place at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas, as the Memphis Tigers will take on the Utah State Aggies. One team will leave this one with a winning record, while the other will finish under the .500 mark, as both teams enter the fray with a 6-6 record.
Let’s preview each of the teams, and then we’ll give you our College Football Bowl Betting prediction for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.
Will the Memphis Tigers Win the First Responder Bowl? | Memphis Tigers at Utah State
Memphis has a stellar offense, which averages just over 35 points per game. Led by dual-threat quarterback Seth Henigan, this offense can be very explosive. Henigan has thrown for nearly 3,300 yards, while rushing for over 300 yards on the season. He has 23 touchdown passes, with just eight interceptions.
Henigan has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, as he has six receivers who have over 300 yards receiving. His top target is tight-end Caden Prieskorn. Prieskorn has nearly 600 yards receiving on the season. We also can’t forget to mention the very strong rushing attack of the Memphis Tigers. They have run for just over 1,700 yards this season.
We see Memphis using their rushing attack to attack a weak Utah State defense. The Aggies defensive unit has been hurt by the run this season. They’re giving up nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. As long as Memphis takes care of the ball, they should be able to control the clock and move the ball on the ground.
Utah State Aggies
Utah State got some great news last week, as Calvin Tyler, Jr. announced that he would be playing in the First Responder Bowl. Tyler is far and away the best weapon the Aggies have on offense. He is responsible for much of the 23 points per game that they scored. He rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, and he has also shown a penchant for making a good pass here and there. Tyler is a pro prospect, and even though he’ll enter the NFL Draft after this season, he wanted to show what he could do in a bowl game.
Unfortunately for Tyler, whose strength is running the ball, Memphis is also very good at stopping the run. Tyler will have his work cut out for him, as the Tigers have given up just 122 rushing yards per game. Utah State will have to get things going through the air, if they want to do some damage to the Memphis defense.
We know that the Memphis Tigers are favored by 7.5 points in this one. Memphis has the better offense, and is also better defensively. Do we think Memphis will win the game? Yes we do. However, we think that this game is going to be closer than the 7.5 points. We see Memphis winning this one by the score of 31-27. Memphis gets the win, but doesn’t cover the spread.