When the Memphis Tigers take on Ole Miss on the road down in Oxford Saturday, they'll go in as a 14.5 point underdog.
But, the Tigers have some numbers on their side as well.
Memphis is ranked 2nd in the nation in giveaway-takeaway.
The all important turnover margin stat that separates good teams from bad ones, and great teams from good ones.
Through three games, the Tigers have a pus 8 turnover margin, forcing 11-miscues while committing just 3.
Only Ohio State is better.
The U of M has 7 interceptions, and turned 2 of those into Pick 6's
Defense is a main reason why the Tigers are getting more votes each week in both national polls.
Norvell says, "We try to create an intensity and focus in practice like every play is the last play, and every play is going to be the one that is the deciding factor. I know that Coach Storms and our strength and conditioning staff have done a tremendous job in preparing our players. I love the energy our guys have and our conditioning level has shown really well in the first three contests."
All the talk surrounding Ole Miss has been about that gauntlet of opening month.
The Rebels survived September 2-2 with losses to Florida State and top-ranked Alabama.
Now coming off a blowout win over Georgia, Ole Miss has tabbed the Tigers as their homecoming opponent.
You'll recall the Rebels fell to the Tigers last year in Memphis.
Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze says the loss is something they can't erase from their memory, but it isn't one they'll harp on in preparation for the rematch.
"I know it means a lot to our fan base and their base so some emotion comes with that hopefully for our kids." says Freeze. "But we won't get into talking about we got to do this because of last year, I'm not a big fan of that. It's going to be a good test for us. I'm excited to have the first night game in our stadium. I'm challenging our people to make it a very difficult atmosphere Saturday night when Memphis comes here."
Kickoff for the Tigers and Rebels is 6 p.m. Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.
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