2015 Birmingham Bowl Preview

Dubbed "The Battle of the Tigers," this year's Birmingham Bowl should be a good one. Photo Courtesy: Birmingham Bowl Facebook Page
Dubbed “The Battle of the Tigers,” this year’s Birmingham Bowl should be a good one.
Photo Courtesy: Birmingham Bowl Facebook Page

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Game Info
Auburn Tigers vs. Memphis Tigers
Wednesday – December 30 – 11:00 am CT
TV: ESPN
Legion Field – Birmingham, Alabama

Records Before the Game
Auburn Tigers (6-6. 2-6 SEC)
Memphis Tigers (9-3, 5-3 American)

Why you shouldn’t watch this game
It’s the 30th of December and you’re getting ready to throw a New Year’s Eve party.
It’s just the excuse you need to order a keg of beer and some Jack Daniels.

Why you should watch this game
Auburn was picked earlier this year to be in the four team playoff for the National Championship. The Auburn defense has been talking a lot of smack about the Memphis offense. This will be a very interesting game.

How did they get here
This game is called “The Battle of the Tigers.” One might say the Memphis Tigers have an edge but Auburn won’t lay down. Auburn won six games this season which made them bowl eligible. The defense carried this team all season with game-winning stops in the red zone. Most Auburn faithfuls consider this a horrible season since almost making it to the final four last year. Memphis Tigers 9-3 had a really good season. No one expected Memphis to be here. Playing in the Birmingham Bowl shows the country that Memphis can play with any team in the country and win.

Memphis Tigers
Memphis is lead by Junior QB Paxton Lynch. His numbers are impressive because of the offense the Tigers run. The wide-open NFL spread system is tailor-made for Paxton. He’s 6’7”, 245 pounds and runs like a tight end. He passed for 3,670 yards and 28 touchdowns. He’s the leader on offense that’s allowed to audible out of tough situations. He’s NFL ready! This year he has passed to 10 receivers with a minimum of 114 yards. Mose Frazier is his main target with 750 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore RB Doroland Dorceus will get the start at running back. This year Memphis has used eight different running backs with every runner scoring a touchdown. Dorceus though is the bell-cow and has eight touchdowns and 644 yards on 144 touches.

Auburn Tigers
Auburn’s offense is lead by two outstanding quarterbacks. Freshman QB Sean White and Junior QB Jeremy Johnson. Sean White is much the pocket passer while Jeremy Johnson is more for running the ball. Both were effective in the offensive scheme but using two quarterbacks seemed shaky this year. Sean White passed for 1,064 yards and a touchdown, while Jeremy Johnson passed for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. There’s no starter named as of yet for this game, but they both will play. Sophomore Peyton Barber will get the bulk of carries. This year he’s carried the ball 226 times for 976 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensive back Johnathan Jones will test the wide outs of the Memphis Tigers. He’s the prototypical NFL corner and will be on display for game day. DL DeVonte Lambert’s job is to disrupt the Memphis Tigers running game. Let’s see how this one turns out.

My Prediction
I would say this game would be exciting. On a scale of 0 to 10, I would say it’s an 8. Remember my prediction, “The Memphis Tigers will beat Auburn by 10 points.” Yes, Memphis will win. Who cares if the SEC is the dominant conference. Memphis will win! Final Score: Memphis 45 – Auburn 31