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College Football Betting Preview: Navy Midshipmen vs. Memphis Grizzlies

September 14, 2023


The Navy Midshipmen travel to take on the Memphis Tigers on Thursday evening on ESPN in week 3 of the college football season. Navy enters this game with a record of 1-1 following a loss in week 0 against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 3-42 and a win at home against the Wagner Seahawks in week 2 by a score of 24-0. 

The Memphis Tigers enter this game with a record of 2-0 following a win at home against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats by a score of 56-14 and on the road against the Arkansas St. Red Wolves by a score of 37-3. Will the Tigers improve to 3-0 on the season or will the Midshipmen pull off the upset on the road? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Navy Midshipmen enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a 24-0 win at home against the Wagner Seahawks in week 2 of the college football season. The Midshipmen scored 24 points while compiling 408 total yards offensively which included 163 passing yards and 245 rushing yards while shutting out Wagner and allowing 227 total yards defensively which included 143 passing yards and 84 rushing yards. 

Tai Lavatai led the team in passing, completing 8 of 13 attempts for 161 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 65 yards on 16 attempts. Eli Heidenreich led the team in rushing with four carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. Nathan Kent led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 45 yards.

Memphis enters this game with a record of 2-0 following a 37-3 win on the road against the Arkansas State Razorbacks while covering the 21-point spread as a road favorite in week 2 of the college football season. The Tigers scored 37 points while compiling 389 total yards offensively which included 239 passing yards and 150 rushing yards while allowing 3 points and 233 total yards defensively which included 166 passing yards and 67 rushing yards. 

Seth Henigan led the team in passing, completing 21 of 29 attempts for 239 yards and two touchdowns while adding 26 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight attempts. Blake Watson led the team in rushing with 20 carries for 51 yards while adding four receptions for 25 yards. Tauskie Dove led the team in receiving with one reception for 52 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Memphis Tigers listed as 15-point favorites at home against the Navy Midshipmen on Thursday evening in week 3 of the college football season. Memphis has won five of the eight games all-time including the previous four matchups in a row while going 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Navy is 0-2 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as an underdog while the Memphis Tigers are 1-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as a favorite.

Memphis is the more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning five of the eight games all-time while going 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. I look for that trend to continue which is why I am taking the Memphis Tigers -15 at home against the Navy Midshipmen in week 2 of the college football season on BookMaker. 

Spooky Express Pick: Memphis Tigers -15