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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Birmingham Bowl

It’s just one more day until the New Year’s Six Bowls start, but first we have 4 great Bowl games to look forward to before that. Starti


It’s just one more day until the New Year’s Six Bowls start, but first we have 4 great Bowl games to look forward to before that. Starting with a cat fight between the Auburn Tigers and Memphis Tigers. 2 years ago the Auburn Tigers were in the National Championship game, now, they find themselves with a 6-6 record and 7th in the SEC West. They’ll be looking to secure a winning season and a win in a Bowl game for the first time since 2011. Looking at their stats, it is no surprise they are 6-6 – and 2-6 in SEC play. Offensively, they rank 95th in total yards per game (367 YPG), 108th in passing yards per game (175.6 PYG), 41st in rushing yards per game (191.8 RYG) and 77th in (27.2 PPG). Defensively they’re not too different, they rank 91st it total yards (422 YPG), 76th in passing (232.2 PYG), 92nd in rushing (189.7 RYG) and 69th in scoring (27.3 PPG). For Auburn, junior DT Montravius Adams is certainly a player to watch. At 6’3”, 306lbs he is a big body to have along a defensive line. Not only does his size demand multiple blockers, his play can too. He can be very quick off the snap and immediately be a disruptive force in the running game by consuming space and standing up blockers. However, he must show this on a more consistent basis so he may opt to see out his senior year to boost his stock. As far as seniors go, Auburn have plenty looking to leave a mark in their final game: LB Cassanova McKinzy, CB Jonathan Jones, LB Kris Frost, WR D’haquille Williams, DE DaVonte Lambert, WR Ricardo Louis, CB Blake Countess, WR Melvin Ray and WR Jaylon Denson. The other Tigers in this game had a different season all together. Memphis followed up a 10-3 season last year with a 9-3 record this year heading into their Bowl game. With a win, they will notch their second consecutive 10-win season and their 2nd consecutive Bowl win. Their success is largely due to their offense, they rank 12th nationally in total yards (510 YPG), 13th in passing (324.3 PYG), 46th in rushing (186.2 RYG) and 6th in scoring (42.7 PPG). The fact that they have such a high-powered offense saves this team as their defense isn’t nearly as good. They rank 77th in total yards (407 YPG), 115th in passing (269.3 PYG), 31st in rushing (137.8 RYG) and 64th in scoring (27 PPG). As far as draft prospects go, there is only one guy to talk about: Paxton Lynch. Paxton Lynch is Jared Goff’s biggest competition for being the top QB in this year’s draft. Standing at 6’7 and 245lbs, boasting a very strong arm, though he shows very nice touch and ball placement on a variety of throws which gets a lot of people excited about his potential. He is also surprisingly mobile, despite his big build. His footwork needs work and the fact he plays against lesser opponents and in a very passing-stats happy offense brings legitimate questions but if he continues to develop, he could be seen as this year’s Blake Bortles. Along with Lynch, OT Taylor Fallin, OT Ryan Mack, WR Tevin Jones, FB Alan Cross and WR Mose Frazier will be looking to make the most of their final college football games.   If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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