12/22/14 by Matthew S. Vandriak
Bowl season continues with three more games before Christmas Eve. Let's take a look at what's on tap for the first half of Christmas week, starting with tonight's kickoff game between BYU and Memphis in the Miami Beach Bowl, beginning at 2 p.m.
Despite the plethora of games and seemingly one bowl game after another, the Miami Beach Bowl isn't worth overlooking by any means. No, the teams playing aren't perfect but they are two teams, BYU and Memphis, that have shown flashes of brilliance throughout the college football season.
BYU comes in at 8 and 4, and have been a very streaky team this season. The Cougars started 2014 winning their first 4 games. Then they lost their next 4. And come into this game having won their past 4 contests.
Memphis comes in at 9 and 3, and are the champions of the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers also come in hot, having won their final 6 games. Two of the three Tigers losses came to teams ranked in the top 15, and their only other loss was a 4 point loss to Houston.
BYU did not play a ranked team in 2014. The Cougars average 36.2 points per game on offense, while Memphis gives up an average of 17.1 points per game, which is 5th lowest in college football. Christian Stewart has thrown for 2,273 yards and 23 touchdowns since taking over for Taysom Hill, who was lost for the season in the Cougars 5th game of the season.
Memphis is led by QB Paxton Lynch, who has put up over 3,000 yards in total offense, while passing for 18 touchdowns and rushing for 10 more.
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