College Football Game Preview: Southern Miss at Memphis

College Football Game Preview: Southern Miss at Memphis
November 24, 2012, 2:42 pm
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by: Knox Bardeen
The Memphis Tigers (3-8, 3-4 Conference USA) host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-11, 0-7ConferenceUSA) Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET with Matt Stewart and Chuck Oliver calling the game on CSS.
Memphis is coming off a two-game winning streak where they beat Tulane and UAB. Saturday will be the first time the Tigers have entered a game on a winning streak since 2008.
Southern Miss lost its 11th-straight last week, a one-point defeat at the hands of UTEP. The Golden Eagles registered a season-best 532 yards, but couldn't pull out the win.
Memphis will honor 16 seniors prior to kickoff who will be playing in their final game at home.
What to Watch for:
1. Memphis has gained 300 or more yards in each of its last two wins. Southern Miss ranks ninth in the Conference USAstatisticalrankings with 201.4 yards given up per game.
2. Tigers' junior quarterback Jacob Karam ranks 10th in passing yards in the conference with 1,733 on the season, but 24 percent of those (417) have come in th elast two games. Karam is hot entering the final game of the season.
3. Sophomore linebacker Charles Harris leads the Tigers with 74 tackles this season and is No. 26 in the Conference USA tackling rankings. He averages 6.7 tackles per game.
4. Southern Miss and Memphis both struggle in the red zone. The Golden Eagles have converted 75 percent of their red-zone trips into points--18 by touchdown and six by field goal. The Tigers have scored on 69.4 percent of their red-zone trips--21 touchdowns and four field goals.
5. Southern Miss hasn't gone winless in a season since 1925, when they finished the year 0-6.
6. Southern Miss has completed 12 scoring drives of 75 yards or more this year, including three of 80 yards or more than turned into 21 points last week.
7. With five tackles for a loss, senior defensive lineman Jamie Collins will move into first place NCAA active career solo tackles for a loss list.
8. Last year's meeting went to Southern Miss who beat the Tigers 44-7 last November.

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