Memphis players walked the line at their media day Monday between saying the Ole Miss game doesn’t matter and calling it a “big” game.
They didn’t want to call it too big of a big game.
“How good the game was last year, it’s made things even better with the way things are going this year for both teams. It’s become a lot bigger game. It’s a great opportunity for both teams,” said Wynton McManis, a senior linebacker from Olive Branch.
McManis continued: “It’s the biggest game because it’s the next game. It’s another opportunity for us to go 1-0. Even though we know it’s a big game, we’re not going to let that overshadow the fact that we’re trying to go 1-0 and beat a good football team.”
Sophomore wide receiver Phil Mayhue had this to say: “I would say it’s a game we would be looking forward to only for the reason that I would say we’re going against a great opponent. It’s a good chance to put our team against somebody. We just want to prove each and every week that we’re hard, smart and tough and that our work does pay off. That’s what we’re trying to prove each and every week.”
Memphis has won 12 straight and hasn’t lost since a 28-24 home game against American Athletic Conference rival Houston last year. That was the second game after the Tigers lost 24-3 at Ole Miss.
Memphis, Houston and Temple, three AAC teams are all 5-0 right now.