Bowl Breakdown: New Orleans
FAU's biggest asset is its opportunistic defense, which leads the nation in turnover margin (+19). Linebackers
The Tigers got off to a 2-4 start, putting the heat on coach
Memphis took advantage of a schedule that included Jacksonville State and five other teams that were a combined 13-47 in earning a bowl bid, but no matter the opponent the defense struggled. The Tigers held only one team below 21 points and gave up more than 50 points three times. The pass defense was among the nation's worst, ranking 110th (209.7 ypg).
The Tigers haven't fared well against Sun Belt teams, losing to Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State, but those losses came before Hankins' return. Calhoun and Singleton should be able to feast on FAU's 74th-ranked pass defense, so long as Hankins avoids any costly errors.
While so many teams have been able to feast on Memphis' porous run defense (209 ypg), the Owls, who are 91st in rushing offense, don't have the weapons to exploit it. Schnellenberger and FAU made history and appear to be a program on the rise, but Memphis' offense may be too much for the Owls.