BYU meets Memphis in inaugural Miami Beach Bowl

MIAMI (AP) BYU and Memphis will meet for the first time in the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park on Dec. 22.

Memphis (9-3) was one of three teams that finished atop the American Athletic Conference standings, and comes into the game with a six-game winning streak.

BYU (8-4) had its trip to the game basically set in April. As an independent without any conference tie-ins, the Cougars are making deals with bowls to guarantee a postseason destination, having already accepted invites to play in the Poinsetta Bowl in 2016 and 2018.

The Cougars started the season with four straight wins, then lost four straight, and have won their last four. BYU is bowl-bound for the 10th straight season.

Memphis has as many wins this season as it had in the last three seasons combined, and is in a bowl for the first time since 2008.

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