The I Love Memphis Guide To Memphis Tigers Football 2014
The University of Memphis Tigers football season begins this Saturday, August 30 with a home game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium against the Austin Peay Governors. Here's everything you need to know about the 2014 season and why you should support our home team this year.
Photo via @libertybowlmemorialstadium on Instagram.
The Schedule. Here's the full schedule. All times are CST and are subject to change. Check here for updated times.
Saturday, Aug. 30 vs. Austin Peay at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m. (Free pregame concert: Kevin and Bethany Paige)
Saturday, Sept. 6 at UCLA in Pasadena, Calif., 9 p.m. (CST)
Saturday, Sept. 20 vs. Middle Tennessee at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Free pregame concert: Pat Green)
Saturday, Sept. 27 at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss
Saturday, Oct. 4 at Cincinatti in Cincinatti, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Houston at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m. (Free pregame concert: Thompson Square)
Saturday, Oct. 25 at SMU in Dallas, Tex., time TBA
Friday, Oct. 31 vs. Tulsa at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m. (Free pregame concert: Bret Michaels)
Friday, Nov. 7 at Temple in Philadelphia, Penn., at 6:30 p.m.
Saturda, Nov. 15 at Tulane in New Orleans, La., time TBA
Saturday, Nov. 22 vs. USF at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, time TBA
Saturday, Nov. 29 vs. UConn at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, time TBA
Tickets. You can buy single game or season tickets online at GoTigersGo.com. If you buy ahead, instead of day-of-game, you’ll save a little cash. Individual game tickets range in price from $10 – $50. Season tickets in the Funzone are only $55 and even box seats are a steal at $250.
Tickets for opening day may be purchased for $5 at area Kroger stores and proceeds benefit Million Meals Challenge.
The Players. Justin Fuente starts his third year as Head Coach this year. Here are just a few of his Memphis Tigers players you'll want to watch and cheer for.
– Paxton Lynch (#12) is our sophomore quarterback.
– Martin Ifedi (#97) is our senior defensive lineman.
– Charles Harris (#49) is our senior linebacker. Go here to watch his video.
– Bobby McCain (#21) is our senior cornerback. Go here to watch his video.
– Brandon Hayes (#38) is our senior running back. Here's him talking about this season:
Tailgating. Tailgating before football games is as American as the coolers of beer and grilled burgers you'll enjoy while you're pregaming at Tiger Lane. If you have reserved a spot, you can park one vehicle and set up your tent/area as early as 8 a.m. The grassy field at Tiger Lane remains tent-free and open for the public to hang out. Here are all the details and rules about tailgating at Tiger Lane.
Something brand-new this year: free pre-game concerts are open to the public on stages adjacent to the Liberty Bowl. If you scroll back up to the schedule, you'll see which shows are on what days. For more info, go here.
Four Games To Pay Attention To. If you're only going to pick a few games to attend, these are the ones. This year is just our second in the American Athletic Conference, which means you'll have a chance see us play some new opponents.
1. Austin Peay isn’t the sexiest team to watch, but it’s a) the home opener, b) Labor Day weekend, and c) tickets are only $5 at Kroger. Wake up, cut the grass, and watch the early games on TV before heading out to cheer on your home team. Let’s help the Tigers get some early momentum this season.
2. The Houston Cougars travel to play the Tigers on October 11. Houston’s exciting, big-play offense will be a test for Memphis. If the Tigers want to move into the top tier of the AAC, a win here would be a step in the right direction.
3. Tulsa comes to town for a Friday night game on Halloween. Pass out candy early, paint your face, and head to the Liberty Bowl to cheer on our Tigers. Tulsa’s team has a similar makeup as ours and are also looking to get back to their winning ways in a new conference.
4. If you’re willing to travel for a game, I recommend heading ninety miles south to watch Memphis take on Ole Miss. Pack a tent and pregame with 25,000 of your closest friends at The Grove or explore the shops and restaurants on The Square. (Go here for the post on Oxford.)
Let's get this out of the way. There’s no point in sugar coating it. The football program at my alma mater has seen its ups and downs. It's easy to criticize when the games don't go our way, and that's fine; acknowledging where we need work is the first step to improving.
Having said that: If you're a football fan, a fan of Memphis (the University or the city), or are looking for something affordable and fun to do, then I encourage you to support our Tigers this year. They are, after all the home team. (Really. More than 40 players on the roster are from Memphis and the Memphis area.)
Learn more. If you want some more info, here are a few articles and Tweets linking to articles that are honest, but fair in talking about the upcoming season.
SB Nation – The big 2014 Memphis football preview: Digging your way out of destitution (tough headline, extensive article)
USA Today – College Football Countdown | No. 96: Memphis (good background info on players to watch, predictions)
Commercial Appeal – Geoff Calkins: Memphis Tiger fans have solid reasons for optimism (must be a subscriber to read)
Memphis Tigers football has a season ticket package starting at $55. You really can't beat that price. Support the home team….home team!
— Doc Holliday (@The_DocHolliday) August 13, 2014
— American Football (@American_FB) August 22, 2014
Do you know the words to the University of Memphis fight song? No worries, this Tiger will teach you. (Or you can read this post.)