VOL. 131 | NO. 29 | Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Memphis Football Schedule Includes 7 Home Games
By Don Wade
Mike Norvell’s first season as University of Memphis head football coach will begin with a Sept. 3 game vs. Southeast Missouri State at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, feature three TV games on the ESPN family of networks, and an Oct. 1 trip to Oxford to play Ole Miss.
The Tigers will play seven games against 2015 bowl teams that had combined 69-25 record (.734 winning percentage) and also will have seven home games – the most since 2013.
The 2016 schedule features four Thursday/Friday games, including three at home; three games already selected by ESPN for its various platforms; two games picked by the CBS Sports Network; and the program’s first trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Oct. 22.
The 2015 bowl opponents on the schedule are Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Houston, Ole Miss, Navy, Temple and USF. The Tigers’ 2016 schedule ties the record for the most bowl teams from the previous season since college football went to a 12-game schedule in 2002.
After opening against Southeast Missouri Sept. 3, the Tigers have a bye on Sept. 10. They then play home games vs. Kansas on Sept. 17 and Bowling Green on Sept. 24.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround game after going to Ole Miss on Oct. 1 with a Thursday, Oct. 6, game vs. Temple at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The match-up with the Owls is the first of three television special Thursday/Friday games for the Tigers in 2016.
The Tigers close their regular season with back-to-back televised Friday games against Cincinnati Nov. 18 and Houston Nov. 25. The Memphis-Houston game is on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Times of games will be announced later. Here's the complete schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 3: Southeast Missouri
Saturday, Sept. 10: Bye/Open Date
Saturday, Sept. 17: Kansas
Saturday, Sept. 24: Bowling Green
Saturday, Oct. 1: at Ole Miss
Thursday, Oct. 6: Temple (ESPN)
Friday, Oct. 14: at Tulane (ESPNU)
Saturday, Oct. 22: at Navy (CBSSN)
Saturday, Oct. 29: Tulsa
Saturday, Nov. 5: at SMU
Saturday, Nov. 12: USF
Friday, Nov. 18: at Cincinnati (CBSSN)
Friday, Nov. 25: Houston (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews)