Arkansas State +18.5 2.2% play

Memphis return 14 starters, and 6 on offense, but one of those offensive starters was Kenneth Gainwell, who had over 2,000 yards rushing/receiving last year, and Gainwell has opted out recently, which is a tremendous blow to this Memphis team.  Memphis also has a new head coach, new defensive coordinator, while Arkansas State will have both theri OC/DC in their second year as well as Blake Anderson in his 7th year. 

Arkansas State had a rough year last year with injuries and return 15 starters, and added a key transfer in Fresno State LB Justin Rice, who was a MW pre-season conference player of the year.  He had 112 tackles for Fresno last season.  Arkansas State gave a very good AAC team SMU a run for their money early in the season ago losing 37-30.  This is also not a very far travel spot for Arkansas State, and Memphis max capacity for this game is only 4,537 fans, which has been sold out.  


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