The Tigers (-25) are gearing up to welcome the Georgia State Panthers to Memphis. Kickoff for this matchup is set for 7:00 p.m. ET and fans can watch the action on ESPN.
Betting Preview: Memphis Tigers vs. Georgia State Panthers
Georgia State is the noticeable underdog here and is currently receiving 25 points from oddsmakers. If the Tigers stumble early it will create a nice live betting scenario. Oddsmakers have yet to decide what the game’s over/under (O/U) will be.
This game’s line initially opened at -23, but has recently shifted.
The Panthers have gained 1.0 unit so far and are 1-1 against the spread (ATS). The team’s posted an O/U record of 0-1.
The Tigers have been a disappointment to moneyline bettors this season, losing 2.7 units. They’re 1-1 ATS and also have an O/U record of 0-1.
The Panthers are 1-1 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Tigers are also 1-1 SU.
The Panthers are reeling from a 41-7 loss to North Carolina State last week where the Panthers completed 19-of-34 passes for 242 yards. Dan Ellington went 15-for-28 for 194 yards while Aaron Winchester completed four-of-six for 48 yards. Ellington (30 yards on 10 rush attempts) also led the ground attack. Devin Gentry (five receptions, 83 yards) and Penny Hart (three catches, 53 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.
Memphis narrowly fell 22-21 to Navy. The team’s defense let the Midshipmen run for 264 yards on 73 rush attempts, including three rush TDs. Malcolm Perry was on a different level for Navy, putting up 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 attempts. For Memphis, Brady White completed 15-of-25 passes for 145 yards and one interception. Darrell Henderson (212 yards on 13 rush attempts, three TDs) handled the running game while Damonte Coxie (five receptions, 38 yards) and Pop Williams (four catches, 42 yards) led the pass-catching attack in the loss.
Each squad has a similar (53-47) run-pass ratio on the season. The Panthers have produced 117.5 rush yards/game and have just a single touchdown on the ground this year. The Tigers are putting up 278.5 rush yards per game and have six total rushing TDs.
If 2018 numbers are any indication, then the Tigers ought to hold an edge when it comes to RB efficiency. Their running backs has produced 7.8 yards per carry while their defense has allowed a YPC of 3.3 to opponents. The Panthers have registered 3.4 yards per carry while allowing 3.6 yards per rush attempt to opponents.
The Panthers offensive scheme has averaged 214.5 yards in the air overall and has three passing TD so far. The Tigers have recorded 286.5 pass yards per contest and have five total pass scores.
Defensively, Georgia State has allowed opponents to run for an average of 148.0 yards and pass for 313.5 yards per game. The Memphis D has allowed 83.0 yards per game to opposing passers and 162.0 yards per game to opposing runners. The Tigers are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 2.47 to opposing QBs, while the Panthers have allowed an ugly 10.10 ANY/A.
White has connected on 15-of-25 passes for 145 yards, zero TDs and one INT for Memphis. His adjusted net yards per pass attempt stands at a very poor 3.58 for the season and 10.20 across his past two games. In the other locker room, Ellington has put up 194 passing yards this season. He’s completed 15-of-28 attempts with zero passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Ellington’s got a 5.90 ANY/A, including 6.56 over the last two outings.
Georgia State Panthers vs. Memphis Tigers Free Pick
SU Winner: Memphis, ATS Winner: Georgia State