Temple vs. Memphis (-19.5) Saturday at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. More Tigers (AUDIO) and game notes here

SETTING THE SCENE

• The University of Memphis will continue a four-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 1 against American Athletic Conference (AAC) rival Temple at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium at 11 a.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Full coverage all this week LIVE on 92.9 FM ESPN, Memphis' Sports Station.

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• Memphis is looking for a 2-0 start in AAC play for the first time since 2016.

• The Tigers scored twice defensively to take down North Texas, 44-34, last Saturday, as both linebacker Xavier “Zay” Cullens and defensive lineman Jaylon Allen returned interceptions for touchdowns.

• The Tigers have forced at least one turnover in nine-straight games, piling up 21 takeaways over that span.

• Memphis posted a record of 6-6 last season, earning the program’s eighth-straight bowl appearance.

• The Tigers were named the EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl Champions after Hawai’i was unable to participate.

• The eight-consecutive bowls streak is tied for the eighth-best in the nation and is the best among all non-Power 5 programs.

SCOUTING TEMPLE

• Temple comes to Memphis with an overall record of 2-2 on the season under first-year head coach Stan Drayton. Last Saturday, the Owls shut-out UMass, 28-0, to earn the victory. Temple’s other victory came against Lafayette, 30-14, on Sept. 10.

• Temple ranks first in the NCAA in red zone offense (1.000), third in team sacks, fifth in passing yards allowed (137.5), eighth in red zone defense (.615), 14th in sacks allowed (0.75) and 18th in scoring defense (15.0).

• Prior to the season, Temple was picked to finish 11th in AAC by the media.

• Last year, the Owls posted an overall record of 3-9 on the season and a mark of 1-7 in league play.

INSIDE THE SERIES

• The meeting between Memphis and Temple on Saturday will mark the eighth all-time game between the two programs dating back to 2013.

• The Owls hold a record of 4-3 against the Tigers in the all-time series, but Memphis has won two of the three contests at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, including two straight.

• Last season, the Tigers ran out to an early, 17-0 lead only to see the Owls score 34 of the game’s next 40 points.

• Offensively, quarterback Seth Henigan completed 24-of-40 passes for 305 yards and three scores, while defensive back Quindell Johnson had a career-high 15 tackles.

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