Everything you need to know about the Auburn vs. Memphis Birmingham Bowl live stream and TV broadcast, as well as game notes and prediction.
The Auburn Tigers will face off against the Memphis Tigers on Dec. 30 in the Birmingham Bowl.
Auburn (6-6, 2-6 SEC) started the season as the No. 6 team in the country but stumbled through a hugely disappointing year. The Tigers closed the regular season with a tough 29-13 loss in to Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Auburn hung tough with the Crimson Tide and pulled within six after three quarters, but a field goal and Derrick Henry 25-yard touchdown run sealed the deal for Alabama. Jeremy Johnson was at the helm for Auburn and while he wasn’t spectacular (10-for-23, 170 yards, TD), he didn’t turn the ball over, giving the Tigers a chance. Auburn’s only touchdown of the game was a 77-yard strike from Johnson to Jason Smith. This is Auburn’s 40th all-time bowl appearance and the 14th in the last 16 seasons. The Tigers have a 22-15-2 record in bowl games.
Memphis (9-3, 5-2 AAC) is appearing in its second consecutive bowl game and ninth overall. The Tigers started their 2015 campaign on an eight-game winning streak, but crashed back to Earth losing three of their last four. Last time out, Memphis snapped a three-game losing skid with a 63-0 win over SMU in Justin Fuente’s final game as head coach. The Tigers came out of the gate hot and grabbed a 56-0 lead at halftime behind Paxton Lynch’s seven first-half touchdown passes, which tied the FBS record. Lynch’s day was finished at halftime, as he turned in a 9-of-14, 222 yard performance in addition to his scores. Seven different receivers were recipients of Lynch’s touchdown passes. Anthony Miller led the way in receptions (3) and yards (60). Assistant head coach Darrell Dickey will lead the Tigers into the 2015 Birmingham Bowl as Memphis’ interim head coach.
The 2015 Birmingham Bowl will mark the third meeting between Auburn and Memphis all-time. Memphis holds a 2-0 lead in the series with a 31-20 win in 1975 and a 28-27 victory in 1976.
Below is everything you need to know about the matchup, including the Birmingham Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.
Birmingham Bowl Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information
- Venue: Legion Field
- Date: Wednesday, December 30
- Kickoff Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
- National TV: ESPN
- Birmingham Bowl Live Stream: Watch ESPN, No Radio Stream Available
Memphis has had a very nice season, one that brought national attention to the program. But that was more than two months—and one very influential coach—ago. Since then, the Tigers are 3-3, with wins over SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. True, Auburn has its own issues, and motivation won’t exactly be soaring. But the ability to run the ball with Robinson and Barber will help control the clock and keep the ball out of Lynch’s hands. For all of their mediocrity, it’s not as if the Tigers have been blown out much this year, despite facing a much tougher schedule than Memphis.
For the final score prediction, check out our Birmingham Bowl preview.
- A win vs. Auburn would mark the first time Memphis has had consecutive 10-win seasons.
- Johnathan Ford ranks second in the SEC with 113 total tackles. That’s the most by an Auburn player in a season since Dontarrious Thomas (121 tackles) in 2001.
- Memphis scored a school-record 512 points in 2015. The Tigers’ 42.7 scoring average ranks seventh nationally.