SMU & Memphis Seek 1st AAC Victories

FORT WORTH, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Garrett Gilbert #11 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Garrett Gilbert of the SMU Mustangs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Either SMU or Memphis finally will be able to celebrate its first American Athletic Conference victory on Saturday night.

The two former Conference USA members face off Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in a strong contrast between Memphis’ defensive strength and the Mustangs’ high-powered passing game under quarterback Garrett Gilbert.

Gilbert averages 355 yards passing per game to rank third nationally. He set five single-game school records in SMU’s last game, a 55-52 triple-overtime loss to Rutgers. But SMU (1-4, 0-1 AAC) is allowing a league-high 43.2 points per game.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Memphis will score at will. The Tigers (1-4, 0-2) are averaging only 18.4 points a game. They managed just five field goals last week in a 25-15 loss to Houston.

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