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2015 Memphis Tigers football team

The 2015 Memphis Tigers football team represented the University of Memphis in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by fourth-year head coach Justin Fuente and played their home games at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The Tigers competed as a member of the West Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 5–3 in American Athletic play to finish in third place in the West Division. They were invited to the Birmingham Bowl where they lost to Auburn.

2015 Memphis Tigers football
Memphis Tigers wordmark.svg
Birmingham Bowl, L 10–31 vs. Auburn
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionWest Division
2015 record9–4 (5–3 The American)
Head coachJustin Fuente (4th year; regular season)
Darrell Dickey (interim; bowl game)
Offensive coordinatorDarrell Dickey
Defensive coordinatorGalen Scott
Home stadiumLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 59,308)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Temple x   7 1         10 4  
South Florida   6 2         8 5  
Cincinnati   4 4         7 6  
UConn   4 4         6 7  
East Carolina   3 5         5 7  
UCF   0 8         0 12  
West Division
No. 8 Houston xy$   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 Navy x   7 1         11 2  
Memphis   5 3         9 4  
Tulsa   3 5         6 7  
Tulane   1 7         3 9  
SMU   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Houston 24, Temple 13
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 31, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

On October 17, the Tigers defeated Ole Miss which led them to a #18 ranking in polls after the Tigers began the season with an 8–0 record. Before they were defeated by Navy three weeks later, the Tigers were ranked as high as #13 in the polls, which was the highest ever ranking for the program in school history.

On November 29, head coach Justin Fuente resigned to become the head coach at Virginia Tech.[1] He finished at Memphis with a four year record of 26–23. The Tigers were led by interim head coach Darrell Dickey in the Birmingham Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:00 p.m.Missouri State*ESPN3W 63–741,730
September 126:00 p.m.at Kansas*JTV/ESPN3W 55–2337,798
September 192:00 p.m.at Bowling Green*ASNW 44–4121,178
September 246:30 p.m.Cincinnati
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Memphis, TN
ESPNW 53–4645,172
October 26:00 p.m.at South FloridaESPN2W 24–1722,546
October 1711:00 a.m.No. 13 Ole Miss*
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Memphis, TN (rivalry)
ABC/ESPN2W 37–2460,241
October 237:00 p.m.at TulsaNo. 18ESPNW 66–4220,216
October 316:00 p.m.TulaneNo. 16
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Memphis, TN
CBSSNW 41–1330,381
November 76:00 p.m.Navy No. 15
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Memphis, TN
ESPN2L 20–4555,212
November 146:00 p.m.at No. 16 HoustonNo. 25ESPN2L 34–3542,159
November 2111:00 a.m.at TempleESPNUL 12–3131,708
November 2811:00 a.m.SMU
  • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Memphis, TN
ESPNewsW 63–030,075
December 3011:00 a.m.vs. Auburn*ESPNL 10–3159,430
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV RV RV RV 18 16 15 25 RV NR RV RV NR 
Coaches NR RV RV RV RV 25 22 17 16 16 25 RV NR RV RV RV 
CFP Not released 13 21 21 NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

Missouri StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 7 0 7
Tigers 28 14 14 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1942 MEM, 6–0

at KansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 10 14 24 7 55
Jayhawks 10 3 7 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Bowling GreenEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 10 7 17 10 44
Falcons 14 13 7 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2004 BGSU, 52–35

CincinnatiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 10 20 3 13 46
Tigers 14 14 3 22 53
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–13 2014 MEM, 41–14

at South FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 7 10 7 24
Bulls 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2014 MEM, 31–20

Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Rebels 14 0 10 0 24
Tigers 7 17 7 6 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–48–2 2014 MISS, 24–3

at TulsaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Tigers 14 21 17 14 66
Golden Hurricane 7 14 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–10 2014 MEM, 40–20

TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Green Wave 6 7 0 0 13
#16 Tigers 0 15 12 14 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–11–1 2014 MEM, 38–7

NavyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Midshipmen 7 10 14 14 45
#15 Tigers 10 0 10 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

at HoustonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Tigers 3 17 7 7 34
#16 Cougars 0 7 7 21 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–14 2014 UH, 28–24

at TempleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 6 3 0 12
Owls 0 14 0 17 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2014 MEM, 16–13

SMUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 0 0 0 0 0
Tigers 28 28 7 0 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2014 MEM, 48–10

vs. Auburn–Birmingham BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn Tigers 10 0 7 14 31
Memphis Tigers 0 10 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1976 MEM, 28–27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.richmond.com/sports/college/football/article_52875be9-9455-57d4-8efe-6f75b0cc857a.html
  2. ^ "2015 Memphis Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 25, 2015.