I am sitting here after a long days work and as always I can’t sleep. Seeing that Senior Day is coming up on Saturday I thought to myself, wonder what Memphians think about our upcoming rivalry game Saturday. For as long as I can remember, Memphis has been our rival through many, many years and many conferences. The rivalry hasn’t been action packed with memories though. Lavell Boyd’s impossible catch from Chris Redman as time elapsed is the only standout memory for me. (video below) To me the rivalry was always special. I wonder if they feel the same way.
The only way I knew to see how they felt was to wander over to the old message boards. I mean we are 23.5 point favorites Saturday at noon over the 3-6 Memphis Tigers. Normally when we are that big of a favorite the fan bases talk a lot of crap. We are 0-3 on Senior Day under Charlie Strong by a combined 13 points; do they have false hope? So I wandered on over to the Memphis message boards to see what was going on. Here’s a few comments:
The post was titled…….Bowl Eligible…..I swear!
fatherof25: With 3 games left, we must win out to get bowl eligible. We would have to upset Louisville but after that game we have 2 very winnable games against UConn (0 wins) and Temple (1 win). My guess is we get it. What are your predictions.
First off, congrats…..screen name says it all. You must be exhausted
TOGC: As much as I’d love to see us beat our rivals Louisville, I doubt it’s going to happen. We’ll probably lose that one and win the last two. Still, 5 wins is an improvement over last season, especially considering that the AAC has been proven tougher than the old C-USA.
I would agree with that. Even though a lot of people have trashed this conference it ended up being a lot better than most thought
fatherof25: Yea that is the most likely scenario but I’m holding on to the fact that we play to the level of our competition. Look at them Ucf game. If it wasn’t for some bad luck in the last few minutes that’s a win. So while losing to Louisville is likely, you can’t count us out. BTW anyone going to the game?
Seems Very respectful, very level headed so far…….still can’t get over the 25….
TigerNMunford: I am one of the biggest Tiger fans around and if I had seen massive improvements in the offense then I would say we have a good shot against Loserville but I don’t think we have enough to get over that hump at their house. Not saying impossible but an extremely low probability at this point. Defense continues to impress but we are going to need points. I was there that night they flew their BE flag and we creamed them. I won’t give up hope but am glad to see how close we came. MTSU or UCF and we could be in a bowl. Heck, take away all the turnovers and we played Houston as well as everyone else. Win at least the 2 winnable games and give the Crudinals all we can. Team has improved, expectations will be higher next year. All in all, this was better than I expected based on the preseason. Competitive and most folks know they were in a game. More good times to come!
Ahhhh there’s the Loserville reference…..
bleedtigerblue: They need two more recruiting classes, according to the HC. Hope the coaches can find the underrated players like some other teams seem to do. Evaluation and recruiting is Job1. Thay said, we seem to overachieive when playing ranked rival teams in November, just ask Peyton Manning.
Now that’s just a little Overzealous…..and Who’s Thay? Is that Memphis’s war cry like the Saints or the Bengals….
Tiger3760: When is the last time we played more then one ranked team in a year? Three are ranked now. We were robbed at MTSU, and after watching that kid’s catch for UCF this weekend and how they beat us, I think they are a team of destiny this year. The SMU game was a stinker, but the defense almost pulled it out. Recruiting is going well, and the freshmen are starting to contribute. IMO, the future is very bright.
Agree with UCF being a team of destiny this year, recruiting isn’t going well, future isn’t bright..
Only footage of “The Catch” I could find was in this Highlight reel of Lavell’s. Watch it all or go to the 8:09 mark. Sometimes I think because he really only got to play for 1 and a half seasons how great and clutch he really was. #L1C4