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College Football Betting Preview: Memphis Tigers vs. Arkansas St Red Wolves

September 9, 2023


This matchup features a team that won in week 1 against a team that was blown out in a loss in week 1 as the Memphis Tigers travel to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves. The Memphis Tigers defeated the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at home by a score of 56-14 while the Arkansas State Red Wolves lost on the road against the Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 0-73. 

Will the Memphis Tigers win in a rout on the road or will the Arkansas State Red Wolves keep the game closer than the line indicates? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Memphis Tigers enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 56-14 win at home against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in week 1 of the college football season, however, the Tigers failed to cover the 49-point spread as a home favorite. 

The Tigers scored 56 points while compiling 551 total yards offensively which included 343 passing yards and 208 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 91 total yards defensively which included 39 passing yards and 51 rushing yards. Seth Henigan led the team in passing, completing 27 of 36 attempts for 334 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Sutton Smith led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Demeer Blankumsee led the team in receiving, catching all six targets for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas State enters this game with a record of 0-1 following a 0-73 loss on the road against the Oklahoma Sooners in week 1 of the college football season as well as failing to cover the 36-point spread as a road underdog. The Red Wolves failed to score any points while compiling 208 total yards offensively which included 160 passing yards and 48 rushing yards while allowing 73 points and 642 total yards defensively which included 422 passing yards and 220 rushing yards. 

J.T. Shrout led the team in passing, completing 12 of 26 attempts for 148 yards while rushing for 10 yards. Jaxon Dailey led the team in rushing with three attempts for 11 yards. Courtney Jackson led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 66 yards.

BookMaker has the Memphis Tigers listed as 20.5-point favorites on the road against the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday in week 2 of the college football season. Memphis has won six of the last ten including the previous three matchups in a row while the Red Wolves are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. 

Memphis is 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last season with a record of 7-6 ATS overall, 3-2 ATS on the road, and 5-3 ATS as a favorite while the Arkansas Red Wolves are 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as an underdog this season after finishing last year with a record of 7-5 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, and 5-4 ATS as an underdog.

Memphis is the more talented team and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten including the previous four matchups in a row. However, the Red Wolves are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Arkansas State Red Wolves +21 at home against the Memphis Tigers in week 2 of the college football season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Arkansas State Red Wolves +21