Only three teams in the American Athletic Conference enter Week 5 of the college football season undefeated, and two of those teams will go head-to-head on Thursday night when Navy (2-0) heads on the road to take on Memphis (3-0) at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The mid-week primetime game features two of the top-five defenses in college football this season — Memphis is No. 3 while Navy sits a spot below at No. 4 — and two explosive offenses that rate inside the top-30 nationally.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium — Memphis, Tennessee
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Memphis: The Tigers roared through the nonconference slate with an average margin of victory of 24 with a win over an SEC opponent to boot. They have three lethal playmakers in running back Kenneth Gainwell, receiver Damonte Coxie and junior quarterback Brady White orchestrating it all.
Navy: Navy’s played just two games, both against inferior competition. Thus far, Navy has done what it should do against inferior competition: dominating. The Midshipmen have wins by 38 over Holy Cross and 32 over East Carolina led by a rushing attack averaging 315 yards per game — the second-most among all FBS teams.
Game prediction, picks
Memphis is 8-1 in its last nine home games dating back to last season, with only one of those wins — a 15-10 defeat of Ole Miss to kick off the 2019 season — resulting in a single-digit win. Expect the Tigers to roll to victory and cover the spread in the process. Pick: Memphis -10.5
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