It was a remarkably good year for the Memphis Tigers football team in 2012. Well, at least by their standards.
In head coach Justin Fuente's first season guiding the program, the Tigers finished with a 4-8 record, their highest win total since the 2008 season. With fans finally getting a taste of victory, expectations for 2013 have risen to a new level.
The three seasons before he came to the rescue were horrific to put it nicely. That's all in the past now though, so no need to immerse in it. Fuente did one of the best jobs in all of college football last year and injected life into a stale program.
Memphis improved in just about every facet of the game. A look at the stat book shows that. But, the program has been a consistent loser for much of the last five years and moving to the American Athletic Conference brings even greater challenges.
With their season opener at home against Duke just over a week away, there remains many concerns and potentially season-souring problems. Here is the list highlighting the five biggest ones that threaten to derail the Tigers 2013 season.