Following a tough loss to Temple, Memphis finds itself on the outside looking in when it comes to the Top 25 polls. The Tigers are still receiving votes in both polls and should have opportunities to jump back into the Top 25 with 2 future opponents currently ranked in the polls.
Tigers out of Top 25, Opportunities Remain
The Tigers fell out of both major polls, The AP Top 25 and the USA Today’s Amway Coaches Poll after Saturday’s 30-28 loss to Temple.
Memphis received 30 votes in the Coaches Poll, good for 29th. They trail Tulane (27), Temple (25), Cincinnati (21), and SMU (19) and are ahead of conference foe UCF (36). Other non Power 5 teams ahead of the Tigers include Appalachian State (5-0) of the Sun Belt Conference who sit at 24 and Boise State of the Mountain West Conference who moved up a spot to 13 after dismantling Hawaii.
Memphis received 6 votes in the AP poll, placing them at the 32nd spot if the rankings were to extend. SMU and Cincinnati have the same rankings as the Coaches Poll at 19 and 21, respectively. However Tulane sits at 26, while the Owls of Temple clock in at 28.
Memphis will play host to Tulane next Saturday evening at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Additionally, the Tigers host SMU on November 2nd and Cincinnati to close the regularr season on November 29th.
Mike Norvell’s crew will have plenty of opportunities to regain a spot in both Top 25 polls. The quality of opponents in the American Athletic Conference is possibly the best it has ever been, which should make for an entertain second half of the season.
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