MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A month ago, could you have predicted the Memphis Tigers would be playing for the American Athletic Conference Football Championship?
If not, well, you weren't alone.
But here we are, with the Tigers set to take on UCF on Saturday for the AAC Championship Game again.
After slipping to a 4-4 record October 20 and just 1-3 in League Play, the Tigers would go on 5-game winning streak.
It culminated in a 52-31 win over Houston last Friday to capture the AAC West Crown and catapult the UofM into a second straight showdown versus UCF for the league crown.
“To win the West Division in back-to-back years speaks volumes of our program and where we are and where we believe we can continue to grow,” said Memphis Tigers Head Coach Mike Norvell. “It sets up for this week. It's one game, one opportunity for The American championship. Our guys are excited. We're grateful to be a part of this game. We're playing a wonderful opponent, a Top 10 UCF team that we've become very accustomed to. We're playing them for the fourth time in two years. I don't know if I've ever seen two opponents play four times in two seasons.”
Memphis' last two meetings against UCF ended in wild finishes, but also in Tiger losses.
Last year’s game saw a 62-55 win for UCF in double overtime at Orlando, and 31-30 here in Memphis on October 13.
The kickoff for this year’s AAC Championship is Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Orlando.