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The Memphis Tigers had ten wins from 2010 to 2013. They have now won twelve games in a row. They seek their 13th straight win against #13 Ole Miss. When its all said and done, what will it mean for both sides?

Larry Porter took over for Tommy West who was fired in 2009 after a 2-10 season. West was 49-61 at Memphis. He coached at Memphis nine seasons and went to five bowl games. The Tigers felt they needed to move in a different direction. Their compass steered them in the wrong direction with Porter. He finished his brief two year career with a 3-21 record. It was once again time to move in a different direction. Enter a young offensive coordinator from Gary Patterson’s TCU team named Justin Fuente. Fuente is now in his fourth season as Tigers head coach, has his team at 5-0 on the season, riding a twelve game winning streak, and playing the biggest Tiger football game in the Liberty Bowl EVER.

The streak started almost a one year ago, at SMU. Twelve games and one Miami Beach Bowl victory later, the Tigers go for their 13th straight win against the first ranked team they will have played during this stretch. In that twelve game stretch, the Tigers have scored 508 points, and average of 42 points per game. All of this success would not be possible if not for one of the hottest young coaches in the country, and a 6’7 quarterback many over looked.

It just so happens that number thirteen on the list comes against the #13th ranked team in the nation, and probably Memphis’ biggest rival in football, Ole Miss. It’s just bad luck for Ole Miss that their number 13 ranking, and playoff hopes will have to be put on the line against Memphis, in the Liberty Bowl.

So what does this game mean for both sides. Well, for Ole Miss, they are ten and a half point favorites, and see this as a non-conference break in their schedule. They will bring 20,000 fans to the Liberty Bowl tomorrow, and most likely make up a third of attendance.

For the Tigers, it means much more than that. They are going for their 13th straight win, against a hated rival, on national TV. They are playing for the pride of Memphis football. They are playing to prove they belong with the big boys. They are playing for a potential jump in conference to the Big 12. They are playing for all of the Memphis fans that endured some tough years recently. And lastly, they will playing a meaningful home game in front of a sold out crowd at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the first time, in a real long time.

Win or lose for the Tigers, the key is for the crowd to show up, get loud, and show the rest of the world that the University of Memphis belongs on the big stage. No matter what happens on Saturday, the talk on Sunday needs to be…how about those Tigers!

The Ole Miss Rebels and Memphis Tigers game will be on ABC at 11 am CT. Both teams feature star quarterbacks in Chad Kelly of Ole Miss, and Paxton Lynch of Memphis.

 

 

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Brandon Reid covers NCAAF and the Memphis Tigers for MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

 

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