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First Responder Bowl: Memphis vs Utah St. Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

Pair of .500 teams meet in Dallas

The Memphis Tigers head to their 10th bowl game in 12 years when they take on the Utah St. Aggies at the First Responder Bowl Tuesday afternoon in Dallas. Both finished with 6-6 records, sneaking into this bowl game.

Check the latest college football odds, stats, injury reports and college football lines for Memphis vs Utah St. We’ve plenty of NCAA football odds to consider.

Wide receiver Calvin Austin III #4 of the Memphis Tigers celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Navy Midshipmen
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Memphis Finished Strong

The Tigers barely made it into this game, with their sixth win coming in the season’s second-to-last game against the North Alabama Lions. However, the health issues mean they’re in better shape than their opponents.

Memphis has the better offense, ranking in the top 20 in the nation in passing yards per game at 282.7.

Quarterback Seth Henigan ranks 20th in the country (3,287 passing yards), along with 19 touchdowns. His eight interceptions are a concern, however, but the Aggies could be better at takeaways.

Good news is despite Memphis’ .500 record, it was 3-0 against the spread to finish the season. As road favorites this season, Memphis is 1-0 (4-3 ATS as a favorite during the season as a whole)..

Aggies Without Leading Rushers

News out of Utah St. concerns the condition of the ground game entering this game., playing without top back as Calvin Tyler Jr. (opted out), and Robert Briggs Jr. (injury).

Third-best rusher they have is quarterback Cooper Legas, with wide receiver Terrell Vaughn likely to be inserted into the backfield . Vaughn has 66 rushing yards this season, illustrating the plight of the Aggies.

It will be basically nothing on the ground, so Utah St. has to lean heavily on Legas and the passing game. Legas replaced starter Logan Bonner in Week 5, and has shown potential, albeit with mixed results. He averages seven yards per attempt, but his touchdown-interception ratio of 11-9 does not impress.

USU finished the year 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six, 4-8 overall. The team did have three consecutive victories before getting drilled, 42-23, by Boise St. in the final game.

Memphis vs Utah St. Game Injuries

Memphis vs Utah St. Head-to-Head

Teams haven’t met since 1977, with Memphis leading the series, 4-3.

Memphis vs Utah St. Game Information

  • Game: Memphis Tigers (6-6) vs Utah St, Aggies (6-6)
  • Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 3:15 p.m. ET
  • Memphis vs Utah Live Stream: ESPN

Memphis vs Utah St. Betting Lines

Memphis vs Utah St. Picks & Prediction

With inconsistency at quarterback while clutching at straws in the backfield. this isn’t the best  team field by the Aggies. Memphis may have another down year, but they’ll with the First Responders Bowl.

The Memphis Tigers are listed at -290 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. If you wager $100 on Memphis, you have a chance to win $34. The Utah St. Aggies are +240, offering a chance to win $240 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Memphis a 76.34% chance to win, Utah St. at 29.41%.

Memphis vs Utah St. Edge

Memphis vs Utah St. Results

Memphis vs Utah St. Game Summary

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