I don’t think anyone will be surprised when they hear that the Memphis Tigers were named the national team of the week. The Tigers are 6-0 after they pulled off one of the biggest upsets this year when they beat the then-eleventh ranked Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday.
The Football Writers Association of America named Memphis the AutoNation National Team of the Week on Monday after their big win. The Rebels are the second Power Five conference team to fall to the Tigers this year along with the Kansas Jayhawks in Week 2.
Quarterback Paxton Lynch led the Tigers to victory on Saturday after he completed 39 of his 53 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Miller caught 10 of those passes for 132 yards and a score.
“I think there was a time in the first quarter when they thought, ‘Maybe coach hasn’t been lying to us forever and we can do this,'” Memphis head coach Justin Fuente said. “I think there was a moment of realization today, but I’m not sure when it was. My message to the team was you don’t have to be better than you are. You don’t have to be someone you aren’t. The best ‘you’ is what we need.”
The Tigers are now on a 13-game winning streak dating back to last season, which includes a win in the Miami Beach Bowl. That streak is the longest in school history and is second longest in the nation, only behind the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 20-game streak.
Memphis still has a tough road ahead of them in the American Athletic Conference with Houston, Navy, and Temple still on the docket, but they have a good chance of winning the West division and playing for a conference title.
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