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Memphis head coach Justin Fuente.
Coming off of a 4-8 season in which they won three straight to close it out, the Memphis Tigers head to the artist formerly known as the Big East with a bowl game in their sights.
They won't get it.
Paxton Lynch, a 6'6', 225-redshirt freshman, beat out senior Jacob Karam for the starting quarterback job for the Tigers. Karam was solid last season at quarterback, completing 64.2 percent of his passes (176-of-274) for 1,895 yards, 14 touchdowns and three picks. That's a rather high bar set for Deltona, Fla. native Lynch, a former 2-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite.
Seniors Brandon Hayes and Jai Steib comprised a decent committee at running back last season, but one of them needs to step up and become a star.
The defense wasn't terrible last season, finishing 51st in the country in total defense (383.6 YPG). Defensive end Martin Ifedi and nose tackle Johnnie Farms are back and can keep the Tigers in games.
But with tougher competition in the new American Athletic Conference, consistency will be more myth than reality.
Prediction: 2-10 (0-8 AAC)