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Tigers, Demon Deacons battle in Birmingham Bowl for first-time since 1967

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Memphis Tigers face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon in the Jared Birmingham Bowl. The game will kick off at noon EST on ESPN at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Tigers are 8-5. They; however, have a 2-4 record.

The Demon Deacons are .500 with a 6-6 season. Four of their six wins have come on the road, as they went 4-1 away from home.

Memphis Tigers quarterback Brady White attempts a pass against the Navy Midshipmen
Brady White attempts a pass against the Navy Midshipmen (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Tigers have a 58% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Tigers a 52% chance to win the game.

This is the fifth all-time meeting between these two teams. However, this is their first meeting since 1967.

The Demon Deacons won 42-10 over the Tigers on October 14th, 1967. Wake Forest also won over Memphis, 23-24, on October 31st, 1964.

Memphis has not won in this series since 1966, as they won 21-7 on November 12th, 1966. The team also won 21-20 over Wake Forest on November 20th, 1965.

Memphis is 5-6 in Bowl games all-time. The Tigers have lost their last three Bowl games.

They were defeated 21-20 by the Iowa State Cyclones in the Liberty Bowl in 2017. The team also lost 51-31 to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in 2016.

The Tigers were defeated 31-10 by the Auburn Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl in 2015. Memphis has not won a Bowl game since a 55-48 win over the BYU Cougars in the now defunct Miami Beach Bowl in 2014.

This is Memphis’ second appearance in the Birmingham Bowl.

Wake Forest is 8-4 all-time in Bowl games. The Demon Deacons have won their last two Bowl games.

The school won 55-52 in the Belk Bowl over the Texas A&M Aggies on December 29th, 2017. The Demon Deacons also won 34-26 over the Temple Owls in the Military Bowl on December 27th, 2016.

Wake Forest has not lost a Bowl game since they lost 23-17 in the Music City Bowl to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on December 30th, 2011.

The Tigers lost their last game on December 1st in the American Athletic Conference’s Football Championship game. They were defeated 56-41 by the UCF Knights.

Memphis last won a game on November 23rd. They won 52-31 over the Houston Cougars.

The Demon Deacons won their last game on November 24th. They won 59-7 over the Duke Blue Devils.

Wake Forest’s last loss came on November 17th. They were defeated 34-13 by the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Tigers offense is averaging 43.6 points per game. They are also averaging 534.3 total yards per game.

Their defense is allowing 31.5 points per game. Their defense is also allowing 420.4 total yards per game.

Tigers quarterback Brady White has gone 231 of 365 for 3,125 yards. He also had 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Darrell Henderson leads the Tigers backs with 214 carries for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has already declared for the NFL Draft, but there is no decision made on if he will play in this Bowl game or not.

Damonte Coxie lead the Tigers receivers with 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Demon Deacons is averaging 32.5 points per game. Their offense is averaging 443.2 total yards per game.

Their defense is allowing 33.3 points per game. Their defense is also allowing 465.3 total yards per game.

Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman has gone 161 of 291 for 1,984 yards. He also has 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Cade Carney leads the Demon Deacons backs with 176 carries for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. Greg Dortch leads the Demon Deacons receivers with 89 receptions for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns.

Dortch will not play in the game as he battles a hand injury.

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