BOCA, RATON, FL, Sporting Alert – College football bowl schedule continues on Tuesday with Memphis and Western Kentucky battling in the Boca Raton Bowl here at FAU Stadium in Florida.
The game is set to kick-off at 7:00 pm ET, with live coverage on ESPN and streaming live on WatchESPN.
High-Scoring Teams Collide
Tuesday’s game pits two of the nation’s highest scoring teams this season, with two quarterbacks who have combined for over 7,300 passing yards this campaign.
The Hilltoppers (10-3), have scored over 50 points six times this season, including scoring 60 in a blowout win over Marshall and are ranked second in the nation with an average of 45.1 points per game.
In the last nine games, Western Kentucky has managed to tally 472 points, for an average of 52.4 points per game.
Meanwhile, the Tigers (8-4) are ranked 17th with an average of 39.5 points per game.
Memphis, which finished third in the American West standings, has scored 283 points across the last six games for an average of 47.2 points per game during that period.
Explosive Football To Continue In Bowl Game
“One of the great things about this game is you see two explosive football teams,” said first-year Memphis coach Mike Norvell.
“Obviously, a lot of attention goes to the offensive side of the ball, but defensively you see two teams that love to attack, very multiple.
“These are two teams that put points on the board in a variety of ways.”
Western Kentucky has won seven straight entering this game but will be without head coach Jeff Brohm after he left to take on the Purdue project.
Interim coach Nick Holt will lead the Hilltoppers in the Boca Raton Bowl.
“We are an attacking defence,” said Holt. “We like to get after people.
“In fact, our style as a football program, as a football team, we want to have fun, we want to be entertaining.
“We want to have people in their seats go, ‘Wow, these guys play hard and they’re fun to watch.’
“I think that’s the kind of product we put out on the field.”
Tigers, meanwhile, have won their last two games and three of the last four overall.
Junior quarterback Mike White, a transfer from South Florida, completed 260 of 386 pass attempts for 4,027 yards and 34 touchdowns this season.
He was named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year.
In the meantime, Riley Ferguson, a transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, has completed 255 of 400 pass attempts for 3,326 yards with 28 touchdowns in his first year as a junior with Memphis.