A winning season will be on the line when the 6-6 Memphis Tigers square off against the 6-6 Utah State Aggies in the 2022 First Responder Bowl on Tuesday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. The Tigers have not had a losing record since going 3-9 in 2013. They finished the regular season with a loss to SMU that ended the team’s two-game winning streak. Meanwhile the Aggies are trying to avoid their fifth losing season in the last eight years. They lost to Boise State in the regular season finale to end a three-game winning streak. Kickoff is 3:15 p.m. ET. The Tigers are 7-point favorites in the latest Memphis vs. Utah State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 58.5. Before locking in any Utah State vs. Memphis picks, make sure you check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past six-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $2,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.Now, the model has locked in on Memphis vs. Utah State and just revealed its First Responder Bowl 2022 predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see the model’s picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Utah State vs. Memphis:
Memphis vs. Utah State spread: Tigers -7Memphis vs. Utah State over/under: 58.5 pointsMemphis vs. Utah State money line: Tigers -278, Aggies +222MEM: The Tigers rank sixth in the nation in penalties per game (4.0).USU: Ike Larsen is tied for the nation’s lead in blocked kicks (three).Memphis vs. Utah State picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why Memphis can coverMemphis has received solid quarterback play from Seth Henigan. A 6-foot-3 sophomore from Denton, Texas, Henigan ranks third in the conference and 16th in the country in total offense (299.0 yards per game). He also ranks fifth all-time at Memphis in career attempts (809), completions (500), yards (6,597) and touchdown passes (44).In addition, the Tigers have one of the best tight ends in the conference in Caden Prieskorn. The 6-foot-5 junior from Lake Orion, Mich., is tied for seventh in the nation among all tight ends with six receiving touchdowns. He also is sixth in receiving yards (593). For his efforts this season he was named to the all-AAC second team.Why Utah State can coverUtah State has the defense to slow the Tigers’ passing attack. The Aggies allow just 198.4 passing yards per game, which ranks 26th in the country. They have allowed more than 300 passing yards only once this season, and six of Utah State’s opponents were held to 202 passing yards or fewer.
The Aggies have a defensive and special teams playmaker in Ike Larsen. A redshirt freshman safety from Smithfield, Utah. Larsen is tied for the nation’s lead in blocked kicks (three). He also is tied for 19th in the country in interceptions (four).How to make Utah State vs. Memphis picksThe model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 62 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time. You can see who to back at SportsLine.So who wins Memphis vs. Utah State? And which side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that has been crushing its top-rated college football picks, and find out.