Ravens vs Chargers

Ravens vs Chargers ; The Los Angeles Chargers host the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL 2018 game on Saturday, December 22, at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. Central, 8:20 p.m. Eastern, with the game to be broadcast live via NFL Network. The Chargers are a 4-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.

Los Angeles is 11-3 and tied for first place in the AFC West. Baltimore is 8-6 and in second place in the AFC North.

The quarterback matchup for Saturday’s pivotal game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers might offer the biggest contrasts this season.

The Chargers, who have clinched their first postseason berth since 2013, feature cagy veteran Philip Rivers, who is having one of the best seasons of his 15-year career. The Ravens have surged back into postseason contention behind fleet-footed rookie Lamar Jackson, who has won four of his five starts.

They meet in a prime-time game with plenty of implications for the AFC playoff picture. Baltimore (8-6) has a one-game lead for the final wild- card spot AFC, but also is just a half-game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North.

Los Angeles (11-3) is tied with Kansas City for the lead in the AFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. But it needs to win out along with the Chiefs to drop one of their final two games to win the division.

“Playoff football has begun. We can’t wait around until January,” Rivers said.

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Rivers is third in the league with a 112.4 passer rating and needs 49 yards to join Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only players with 10 or more 4,000-yard seasons. He is averaging 314.1 yards per game at home with 16 touchdowns against four interceptions.

Rivers’ 69.4 completion percentage is the second highest of his career. He also has one of the deeper receiving corps in the league with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams. The Chargers, though, are facing a Baltimore defense ranked first in the league overall and third against the pass.

Rivers has five 300-yard games this season; Baltimore has allowed only three the past two years.

“A lot of those guys, the secondary, are high draft picks that can cover you, and there’s the linebacker that can really run,” Rivers said. “You’ve got big boys on the interior that can stop the run and penetrate. So it’s a top defense in the league for a reason.”

Jackson has rushed for 566 yards this season, tops among quarterbacks. Since becoming the starter, he has 427 yards, fifth most by anyone in the league. Jackson, though, shouldn’t be totally overlooked as a passer. He has a 58.9 completion percentage and a 79.1 passer rating.

Chargers safety Derwin James, who faced Jackson twice in college, said the biggest improvement he has seen from Jackson is in understanding defenses.

“You’re not seeing as many home run balls from him. You are still seeing the big gains and people attacking him, but the running ability is always going to be there,” James said, “You think because he’s a quarterback he can’t take those hits, but he can.”

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Saturday also features an intriguing running backs matchup between LA’s Melvin Gordon and Baltimore’s Gus Edwards.

Gordon returns after missing the past three games due to a sprained MCL in his right knee. He is sixth in the AFC in rushing with 802 yards and is second in rushing average per game (80.2).

Edwards has rushed for 486 yards the past five games, fourth most in the league. Baltimore is the first team since the 1976 Steelers to have 190 rushing yards or more in five straight games.

The Ravens are 37 for 72 (51 percent) on third down since Jackson took over five weeks ago.

One reason is that the running game has provided more manageable situations on third down. But when it’s time to pass, Jackson is ready and able to fling it.

“Lamar has done a really good job when we’ve passed the ball in most of those third-down situations,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.

Converting third downs keeps the offense on the field, and the defense has done a good job making the opposition punt. Baltimore is allowing a 34.2 success rate on third downs, third-best percentage in the NFL.

The Chargers have won four straight, but they fell behind by 10 points or more in the first half of three games. With Baltimore’s reliance on the run and controlling the clock, Los Angeles will need to avoid another slow start.

“I wish there was a switch that we could just flip and turn on. But I think it’s just guys sticking to the plan, doing their job and just believing that if we keep doing the right things that the game will turn,” coach Anthony Lynn said.

There are many, many playoff scenarios for the Ravens, who can still get in as AFC North champions or a wild-card entrant.

They can also be eliminated this weekend with a loss to the Chargers and victories by Tennessee, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

But Jackson doesn’t expect the Ravens to engage in much scoreboard watching, because there’s only one game they care about.

“Ours and the Chargers,” Jackson said. “We have to have the most points at the end of the game, so that’s what I’m going to focus on. I don’t really care what the other teams are doing. We’re trying to win.”

The kickers. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker has only two misses in 30 field goal attempts this season, with both being blocked. Tucker also has provided the winning field goal in the past two meetings against the Chargers.

Los Angeles’ Michael Badgley has provided stability to the Chargers’ kicking game, which has had seven placekickers the past two seasons. The rookie is 14 of 15 on field goals and set a team record with a 59-yarder in the last home game against Cincinnati on Dec. 9.

Jermall Charlo vs Matt Korobov

Jermall Charlo vs Matt Korobov ; Saturday, December 22 is a huge night for The Charlo twins, Premier Boxing Champions, and FOX.

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Jermall Charlo will defend his interim WBC middleweight title against late replacement Matt Korobov. Jermall’s twin brother Jermell will face Tony Harrison in a defense of his WBC junior middleweight belt. The title doubleheader kicks of Premier Boxing Champions’ new TV deal with FOX. It marks the first time the Charlos have headlined a nationally televised card as well.

The show will be televised on FOX, of course, but if you’re not able to watch it on TV, you can catch both fights online. The entire event, which will also include a heavyweight tilt between Dominic Breazeale and Carlos Negron, can be seen via the FOX Sports Go app.

Both Charlos are undefeated and heavy favorites in their bouts.

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Korobov is replacing Willie Monroe Jr., who tested positive for a banned substance. Jermell is hoping a victory sets up a shot at WBC and WBA champion Canelo Alvarez. If not him, perhaps a bout with IBF champion Daniel Jacobs or WBO titleholder Demetrius Andrade.

All of those fights are complicated to negotiate because Alvarez, Jacobs, and Andrade are linked to DAZN.

Jermall’s next step seems to be a little clearer. If he can beat Harrison, a unification bout between him and IBF and WBA champion Jarrett Hurd–who is also a PBC fighter–would be in order. That is one of the best fights that can be made at 154 pounds–or any division.

Truthfully, Saturday’s bouts are designed to be showcase fights for the Charlos. Monroe, Korobov nor Harrison are seen as major challenges for the talented brothers from Houston, but this is boxing and funny things can happen during these kinds of matchups.

Harrison might be the most dangerous of the two major underdogs. He’ll enjoy a two-inch height advantage, and he’s displayed noteworthy power in his career. He’ll need to be at his best if he is going to topple Jermell. Korobov is a veteran who is sound fundamentally, but he is likely headed for a one-sided defeat. Jermall is bigger, stronger, faster and all around better.

If it goes longer than five rounds, it’ll be a shock.

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Carl Frampton vs Josh Warrington

Josh Warrington fights Carl Frampton in one of the most eagerly-awaited clashes of the year.

Leeds-born Warrington is bidding to defend the IBF world featherweight crown won from Lee Selby in January in brutal style but has he knows he has it all to do against former two-weight world champion Frampton.We’ll have all the build-up and action right here.

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The bout will take place on December 22nd at the Manchester Arena, it was initially set to take place in a stadium but concerns over dates and mandatory challengers meant Warren settled with selecting an arena.

Ring walks will take place around 10pm but as always is the way with boxing, that is subject to change.

It will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office, the broadcaster’s second pay-per-view event of December following on from Deontay Wilder’s world heavyweight title defence against Tyson Fury.

The cost of the box office event has yet to be announced but will likely be £19.95.

The fight will be shown on the BT Sport Box Office website and via the BT Sport Box Office app.

Army vs Houston

Army vs Houston : You won’t find many bowl games with more contrasting styles than the Armed Forces Bowl. Then again, most games involving Army are ones of contrasting styles. The Black Knights are a triple-option nightmare and the results show. Army won 10 games for a second straight season

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Can Army put a cap on its standout year or will Houston rebound from a rough November in which it lost three of its final four games? Here’s what you need to know about the Armed Forces Bowl below …

Army: The offense gets all the attention, but it’s really Army’s defense that has been the difference. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman was hired away by North Carolina, but the foundation he installed is in place. The Knights are giving up a mere 18 points per game and have allowed 28 touchdowns all season. They’re also one of the best defenses at keeping opposing offenses out of the red zone (27 attempts). A lot of these numbers are due to Army’s ball-hogging offense — Army’s defensive efficiency is far lower — but against a potent offense like Houston’s, Army will need to find some key stops.

Houston: Go back to the end of October and the Cougars were 7-1 and ranked in the AP Top 25. Then, things unraveled. Oliver had been dealing with a knee injury and was basically unable to contribute for the final month of the season. Then, adding insult to injury, King went down with a season-ending knee injury against Tulane. As a result, the Cougars lost three of their final four games and were unable to capture the AAC West crown. How this offense performs will be interesting to watch as playing Army usually means limited possessions. There won’t be many opportunities to score so Houston needs to make the most of them.

The Black Knights run the triple option and do it well. They lead college football with 766 rushing attempts (nearly 64 rushes per game), and while time of possession isn’t normally a pertinent stat, they’re also No. 1 in that category as well at 38:50 per game — nearly four minutes more than the next team. Playing Army is a grind and even with time to prepare, can Houston’s defense stop this immovable object?Honestly,

this isn’t the year that Houston imagined. One that saw its two star players deal with injuries all year, and the firing of their defensive coordinator. This isn’t the bowl game that fans imagined when the Cougars were 7-1, but this game still has plenty of importance. The Armed Forces Bowl will feature Houston, a team that was once ranked and a favorite to face UCF in the AAC Championship Game, and Army. Fans are excited for this matchup believe it or not, and the proof is in a sellout.

Houston has endured quite the roller coaster this season, and they look quite different than they did at the beginning of the year. D’Eriq King, Ed Oliver, Isaiah Chambers, Jerard Carter, Garrett Davis, Payton Turner and Isaiah Johnson will not be participating in the bowl game for various reasons. That’s the quarterback of the team and six starters/valuable contributors that won’t be playing. What that means is young players will get playing time in a big game.

Clayton Tune took over for King in the Tulane game after King tore his meniscus in his knee, and has shown some flashes of potential. He may not be the athlete that King is, but Tune can be a good dual threat in Houston’s system. Outside of King, the offense has almost all of its key players playing.

The Mark D’Onofrio experiment failed miserably for Houston, and injuries certainly didn’t help. Losing every starter on the defensive line is tough to overcome, but Houston’s front seven needs to be better. The Cougars face a Black Knights team that is second in the country in rushing yards per game with nearly 300 yards per contest. Houston ranks 98th in the country in rush defense. So what good can come out of this?

This is going to be tough for Houston. Army is a good team, and their record clearly indicates that. Stopping the option hasn’t been impossible for the Cougars lately, but that’s because they had Ed Oliver. This might be Houston’s toughest task this year, and it comes down to the youth of this team to step up in their biggest game yet.

Hawaii Bowl 2018

Hawaii Bowl: The Warriors have been enjoying their most productive season since parting ways with head coach Norm Chow, finishing the 2018 regular season with a record of 8-5. Given Hawaii’s automatic bid to the Hawaii Bowl following a bowl-eligible season, current head coach Nick Rolovich is on his way to his second bowl in three seasons.

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On the other side of the field will be a Louisiana Tech team in the midst of its fifth straight winning season under head coach Skip Holtz. The Bulldogs have qualified for and won four bowl games in the last four years, setting them up for a potential fifth straight bowl game win in as many seasons.

Needless to say, there will be plenty on the line for both teams as they meet for the 11th time in the history of these two programs. Here’s how to watch it go down if you find yourself craving some late-night football.

Quarterback Cole McDonald has played out of his mind throughout the better part of the 2018 season, throwing for 3,790 yards, 35 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. As a result, Hawaii ranks ninth in the nation in passing yards per game. McDonald has the potential to put this game away early, but he’ll need some help from his defense along the way.

As for Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs will be banking on a pass defense that has allowed less than 200 passing yards per game this season. This effective pass defense has contributed to the Bulldogs ranking 40th in the nation in opponent points per game, a respectable finish regardless of scheduling.

The first few drives will likely be a strong indicator as to how the game will proceed, especially when it comes to Hawaii’s offensive possessions. Louisiana Tech has the potential to do some damage themselves, but their offensive unit isn’t nearly as potent as their Hawaii counterparts. At the end of the day, look for the Warriors to come out on top as they once again host the Hawaii Bowl.

Dollar General Bowl 2018

Dollar General Bowl 2018: Buffalo vs. Troy TV Schedule, Time and Odds..The most intriguing pre-Christmas college football bowl game takes place Saturday night in Mobile, Alabama. 

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Buffalo and Troy, two of the regular season’s most successful Group of Five teams, square off in the Dollar General Bowl with plenty on the line.

The Bulls are trying to extend their program-best season to 11 wins, while the Trojans are hunting for back-to-back 10-win campaigns.

In addition to all the talented players on display, the Dollar General Bowl boasts two of the best coaching prospects in the FBS in Buffalo’s Lance Leipold and Troy’s Neal Brown.

If you’re a fan of a power conference team with a struggling head coach who could be fired in the next year or two, this is the game to watch for coaching prospects.

If Buffalo and Troy continue on their current trajectories, Leipold and Brown won’t be coaching at their schools much longer, with top programs expected to go after them.

Leipold, who started his head coaching career at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, helped Buffalo produce its best-ever season by improving from 6-6 to 10-3.

The gargantuan leap from average team to potential ranked side at the end of bowl season allowed Leipold to jump into the national coaching spotlight.

He’s been able to get there because of a dominant offense led by quarterback Tyree Jackson and wide receiver Anthony Johnson.

If the Bulls are able to push the ball down the field at will Saturday, they could end up with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver.

In their 10 victories, the Bulls averaged 39.3 points and eclipsed the 40-point barrier in each of their last three wins.

Jackson, a 6’7″ junior, should be one of the top quarterbacks to watch in 2019, and he has an opportunity to boost his stock going into the offseason with a strong performance against Troy.

Johnson, a senior who has three 100-yard receiving games, will use the Dollar General Bowl as a chance to impress NFL scouts as he ramps up draft preparations.

However, the Bulls could struggle with scoring points at will, as they’re going up against the 28th-best defense in the FBS.

The Trojans conceded 21.2 points per contest, and the most points they gave up in the regular season was 27 to UL-Monroe on September 22.

The tenacious defense allowed the Trojans to earn a few marquee wins during Brown’s four years at Troy, making him an intriguing coaching candidate.

Troy’s latest power-conference scalp came in September, as it knocked off Nebraska by five points at Memorial Stadium.

While their defense receives plenty of praise, the Trojans possess a star on the offensive side of the ball as well.

Running back B.J. Smith, who ran for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns, is the main threat for the Sun Belt team, and he’ll challenge the Bulls from the first drive.

Quarterback Sawyer Smith will try to complement Smith’s production in the pocket, and he’s going to have to play at a high level if Buffalo gets into an offensive rhythm.

Smith, who took over for injured starter Kaleb Barker in October, put together a few nice outings in October and early November, but he’s coming off a game against Appalachian State in which he completed 51.5 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions.

As long as Smith doesn’t turn over the ball, Troy’s offense should keep it in the game for the majority of the 60 minutes.

Although Troy’s defense is one of the better units to hit the field in the first half of bowl season, it will give up points to the explosive Buffalo offense at some point of the contest.

Jackson and Johnson will work their way into the spotlight by making a few plays, which will challenge the Trojans to keep up with them.

Smith will break few big runs for the Trojans, but the quarterback play won’t be good enough to overpower the Bulls.

Redskins vs Titans

Redskins vs Titans ; It’s time for more NFL Saturday football action today, with two meaningful games on the schedule including the Washington Redskins vs. Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers.

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With playoff implications on the line with both games, today’s action delivers compelling late-December NFL games worth watching. Both the Redskins and the Titans face a must-win game if they want to stay in the playoff hunt, while the primetime AFC matchup between the Ravens and the Chargers is also pivotal for both teams in playoff aspirations.

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The Titans are winners are three straight games and fighting for a shot at the NFL playoffs for a second-straight season. Today’s game at home against the Redskins is crucial for their post-season hopes.

“Everyone here has an understanding of what’s at stake and we’re all willing to do what we’ve been doing the past few weeks to get it done,” three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan said, according to the AP. “I don’t think it matters who gets the credit…It’s been a cool year. We just got to keep it going.”

To reach the playoffs, the Titans need to beat Washington today and Indianapolis next week in the regular season finale and then have either Baltimore or Pittsburgh lose.

The Redskins can still make the playoffs as well, but they will likely have to win their two remaining games also. The Redskins got off to a start this year but have faced multiple injuries and a late-season slide.

Tonight’s Ravens vs. Chargers game has significant playoff implications on the line as well. Consider that Baltimore has a one-game lead for the final wild-card spot AFC and is a half-game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Chargers are tied with Kansas City for the lead in the AFC West.

The Chargers have not made the NFL postseason since 2013 but that’s already changed for this season since they have a playoff berth already clinched. Now, it’s about whether they win the division or not and get a home field advantage. Led by 15-year veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers have excelled on offense, with deep passing and high efficiency.

“Playoff football has begun. We can’t wait around until January,” Rivers said, according to the AP.

Armed Forces Bowl 2018

Armed Forces Bowl 2018: Houston vs. Army TV Schedule, Time and Odds. Houston and Army come into the Armed Forces Bowl going in opposite directions.

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The Cougars (8-4) were red-hot at the start of the year, as they won seven of the their first eight games before a 1-3 stretch at the end of the season.

Army started somewhat slowly, splitting its first four games before closing the season with eight straight wins. The most recent of those was a 17-10 victory over Navy, its third straight triumph against its archrival, thereby providing an extra dose of pride to the Black Knights.

While that victory is always the high point for Army, the key game in its season may have been the loss to Oklahoma. The Black Knights fought on even terms for 60 minutes before dropping the September 22 game in overtime by a 28-21 margin.

When this matchup was announced, Houston opened as a 1.5-point favorite. However, the public has spoken, and Army is now a five-point favorite in Saturday’s game.

Houston suffered a brutal blow late in the season when quarterback D’Eriq King suffered a knee injury in mid-November, ending his campaign. King was one of the top running quarterbacks in the nation, with 674 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns before his injury.

He was also the architect of a dangerous passing attack, as he threw for 2,982 yards with 36 TD passes and just six interceptions.

Clayton Tune is expected to get the start for the Cougars, and while he had a 7-2 TD-interception ratio, his passing accuracy is a big issue. He has completed just 44.7 percent of his passes (38 of 85).

Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. is not asked to win games with his arm. He has completed 48 of 90 passes for 956 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions during the regular season. However, he is a dominant runner, gaining 847 yards with 12 touchdowns.

In addition to those numbers, Hopkins is a strong leader who has the confidence of his teammates and the Army coaching staff.

Running back Darnell Woolfolk is the Black Knights’ leading ball-carrier with 210 carries for 885 yards and 14 touchdowns.

While Houston has an explosive offense when everyone is healthy, the Cougars are still getting used to life without King. Army has been humming along during its eight-game winning streak.

The Black Knights should have a sizable advantage on defense. The Black Knights rank ninth in the nation by allowing 293.5 yards per game. Houston struggled in that area all season, allowing 488.5 yards per game, ranking 124th in the nation.

Army lost its defensive coordinator after the Navy victory, as Jay Bateman was hired to take the same position at North Carolina. Houston defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio did not have that same kind of career move, as he was fired after the regular season.Three hundred and sixty-five days after defeating San Diego State 42-35 to capture the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl, the Black Knights return to the campus o

The Black Knights’ formula is simple: run the football, play solid defense and control the clock. Army is averaging better than 39 minutes per game.

Houston is a quick-strike offense that does not pay any attention to time of possession. The Cougars are last in the FBS with slightly more than 25 minutes per game. That seems like a made-to-order recipe for Army, which converts its third-down plays at a rate of 56 percent.

Army is 3-0 in its past three bowl games, going 2-1 against the spread. Houston is 0-2 in its past two bowl games, failing to cover on both occasions, per OddsShark.

Memphis vs. Wake Forest

Memphis vs. Wake Forest : Birmingham Bowl 2018: Memphis vs. Wake Forest TV Schedule, Time and Odds. Hoping to see one of the top running backs in college football play on Saturday? Unfortunately, he will not be showcased in the Birmingham Bowl.

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The Memphis Tigers will take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons without their star running back and leading rusher Darrell Henderson. The junior is instead putting his effort and focus into the NFL Draft.

Memphis clinched bowl eligibility in early November with a win against Tulsa, putting it at 6-4. The team finished the season with another two wins and a loss.

Wake Forest clinched bowl eligibility at the last second, securing its sixth win in its last game of the regular season against Duke. At one point in the season, the Demon Deacons had slim chances of making a bowl game, entering their game against Louisville in late October with a record of 3-4.

Two very different teams will meet at Legion Field in the Birmingham Bowl tomorrow at noon. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wake Forest is matched up against the No. 1 in the West American Athletic Conference—the Memphis Tigers.

The Tigers proved to be quite the powerhouse offense not only in their conference this season, but also in all of college football. According to NCAA.com, Memphis had the fourth-best total offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision, with an average of 534.3 average total yards per game.

This dominant offense was led by the running back with the second-most rushing yards in the nation—Henderson. Henderson ran for 1,909 yards, only 80 yards behind top rusher, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. Henderson had two three-touchdown, 200-plus-yard games on the season, both coming in losses.

Henderson is joined by Patrick Taylor Jr., another back who broke 1,000 rushing yards on the season with 1,012 yards. Taylor contributed 15 touchdowns to Henderson’s 22, and the duo contributed to Memphis’ unstoppable run game.

The Tigers ran for a total of 3,712 yards on the season, with 46 touchdowns. Comparably, opponents ran for just over 2,200 and 29 touchdowns.

The backs are joined by wideout Damonte Coxie, who leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns with 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns. Coxie is one of quarterback Brady White’s favorite targets and has totaled 66 receptions. White has thrown for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns on eight interceptions.

The Demon Deacons will be led by sophomore Jamie Newman come bowl day, as their starting quarterback—freshman Sam Hartman—sustained a season-ending leg injury in Wake Forest’s 41-24 loss to Syracuse.

Newman has proved his talent at quarterback, racking up 680 passing yards and eight touchdowns in his three starts on the season against NC State, Pittsburgh and Duke.

The North Carolina native even ran for 94 yards in two of the games. Newman showcased his ability to move the ball up and down the field in a 59-7 blowout of Duke that clinched bowl eligibility for the Demon Deacons.

Alongside Newman is fellow sophomore and wide receiver Greg Dortch, who leads the team in receptions. Dortch has 1,078 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 89 receptions—similar numbers to Coxie.

Upperclassmen Matt Colburn and Cade Carney control the team’s rushing game as the two top backs. Carney boasts 954 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while Colburn follows with 698 yards and five touchdowns.

While Newman may not have had as much playing time this year as White, and Colburn and Carney are no match for Henderson and Taylor, Wake Forest may be able to exploit Memphis’ weaker defense. The Tigers have had trouble stopping opponents from scoring this season, giving up 65 points to Missouri in October and 56 to UCF in December.

The only common opponent the teams had this season was Tulane, who Wake Forest defeated and Memphis lost to. In the season opener, the Demon Deacons beat Tulane 23-17 in overtime. The Tigers were not as lucky, falling 40-24 to Tulane in late September.

Memphis would have made easy work of Wake Forest if they had Henderson for this game. The back is a force to be reckoned with on the football field, and he would have had no trouble against the Wake Forest defense.

However, taking Henderson out of the equation changes the game a bit. The Tigers will have to rely more on Taylor in their rushing game, which the back won’t be used to. White will also have to take advantage of Coxie and his other receivers in order to put the ball in the end zone.

Additionally, while Wake Forest finished fifth in the ACC with a 6-6 record compared to Memphis’ 8-5 record, the Demon Deacons suffered losses to a few highly-ranked opponents. Half of Wake Forest’s losses came to Notre Dame, Clemson and Syracuse. Another came to Pittsburgh, who was on a roll towards the end of the season.

Only two of Memphis’ five losses came to a ranked opponent—UCF once in the regular season and once in the AAC Championship. The other three were to Navy, Missouri and Tulane.

That being said, even without Henderson and the slight difference in schedule difficulty, Memphis should still be able to defeat the inconsistent Wake Forest.

While Colburn and Carney are experienced, Taylor is explosive. Junior White has had more playing time this season to get comfortable in the pocket, with his receivers and under pressure. And the wideouts for both teams are fairly evenly matched.

Birmingham Bowl 2018

Birmingham Bowl 2018: Memphis vs. Wake Forest TV Schedule, Time and Odds. Hoping to see one of the top running backs in college football play on Saturday? Unfortunately, he will not be showcased in the Birmingham Bowl.

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The Memphis Tigers will take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons without their star running back and leading rusher Darrell Henderson. The junior is instead putting his effort and focus into the NFL Draft.

Memphis clinched bowl eligibility in early November with a win against Tulsa, putting it at 6-4. The team finished the season with another two wins and a loss.

Wake Forest clinched bowl eligibility at the last second, securing its sixth win in its last game of the regular season against Duke. At one point in the season, the Demon Deacons had slim chances of making a bowl game, entering their game against Louisville in late October with a record of 3-4.

Here’s a look at important information about watching the Birmingham Bowl, odds for the game, a preview and a prediction.

Two very different teams will meet at Legion Field in the Birmingham Bowl tomorrow at noon. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wake Forest is matched up against the No. 1 in the West American Athletic Conference—the Memphis Tigers.

The Tigers proved to be quite the powerhouse offense not only in their conference this season, but also in all of college football. According to NCAA.com, Memphis had the fourth-best total offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision, with an average of 534.3 average total yards per game.

This dominant offense was led by the running back with the second-most rushing yards in the nation—Henderson. Henderson ran for 1,909 yards, only 80 yards behind top rusher, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. Henderson had two three-touchdown, 200-plus-yard games on the season, both coming in losses. Profiling Memphis RB Darrell Henderson’s background, strengths and weaknesses on the field in advance of the 2019 NFL Draft

Henderson is joined by Patrick Taylor Jr., another back who broke 1,000 rushing yards on the season with 1,012 yards. Taylor contributed 15 touchdowns to Henderson’s 22, and the duo contributed to Memphis’ unstoppable run game.

The Tigers ran for a total of 3,712 yards on the season, with 46 touchdowns. Comparably, opponents ran for just over 2,200 and 29 touchdowns.

The backs are joined by wideout Damonte Coxie, who leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns with 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns. Coxie is one of quarterback Brady White’s favorite targets and has totaled 66 receptions. White has thrown for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns on eight interceptions.

The Demon Deacons will be led by sophomore Jamie Newman come bowl day, as their starting quarterback—freshman Sam Hartman—sustained a season-ending leg injury in Wake Forest’s 41-24 loss to Syracuse.

Newman has proved his talent at quarterback, racking up 680 passing yards and eight touchdowns in his three starts on the season against NC State, Pittsburgh and Duke.

The North Carolina native even ran for 94 yards in two of the games. Newman showcased his ability to move the ball up and down the field in a 59-7 blowout of Duke that clinched bowl eligibility for the Demon Deacons.

Alongside Newman is fellow sophomore and wide receiver Greg Dortch, who leads the team in receptions. Dortch has 1,078 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 89 receptions—similar numbers to Coxie.

Upperclassmen Matt Colburn and Cade Carney control the team’s rushing game as the two top backs. Carney boasts 954 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while Colburn follows with 698 yards and five touchdowns.

While Newman may not have had as much playing time this year as White, and Colburn and Carney are no match for Henderson and Taylor, Wake Forest may be able to exploit Memphis’ weaker defense. The Tigers have had trouble stopping opponents from scoring this season, giving up 65 points to Missouri in October and 56 to UCF in December.

The only common opponent the teams had this season was Tulane, who Wake Forest defeated and Memphis lost to. In the season opener, the Demon Deacons beat Tulane 23-17 in overtime. The Tigers were not as lucky, falling 40-24 to Tulane in late September.

Wake Forest is aiming for its third straight bowl win while Memphis will try to get its first since 2014. What’s in store for the #BirminghamBowl? https://athlonsports.com/college-football/birmingham-bowl-prediction-picks-memphis-tigers-vs-wake-forest-demon-deacons-2018 

Birmingham Bowl Prediction and Preview: Memphis vs. Wake Forest

Memphis and Wake Forest will look to finish the season on a high note in the Birmingham Bowl. The Tigers (8-5, 5-3 AAC) are coming off of a loss in……

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Memphis would have made easy work of Wake Forest if they had Henderson for this game. The back is a force to be reckoned with on the football field, and he would have had no trouble against the Wake Forest defense.

However, taking Henderson out of the equation changes the game a bit. The Tigers will have to rely more on Taylor in their rushing game, which the back won’t be used to. White will also have to take advantage of Coxie and his other receivers in order to put the ball in the end zone.

Additionally, while Wake Forest finished fifth in the ACC with a 6-6 record compared to Memphis’ 8-5 record, the Demon Deacons suffered losses to a few highly-ranked opponents. Half of Wake Forest’s losses came to Notre Dame, Clemson and Syracuse. Another came to Pittsburgh, who was on a roll towards the end of the season.

Only two of Memphis’ five losses came to a ranked opponent—UCF once in the regular season and once in the AAC Championship. The other three were to Navy, Missouri and Tulane.

That being said, even without Henderson and the slight difference in schedule difficulty, Memphis should still be able to defeat the inconsistent Wake Forest.

While Colburn and Carney are experienced, Taylor is explosive. Junior White has had more playing time this season to get comfortable in the pocket, with his receivers and under pressure. And the wideouts for both teams are fairly evenly matched.