MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis wants to keep providing evidence its resurgence is more than a phase.
The Tigers made their case by posting a third straight winning season last year despite dealing with a coaching change and replacing a quarterback drafted in the first round. Memphis had gone a combined 12-48 in the six seasons before this three-year run.
Memphis heads into the second year of Mike Norvell's tenure as the favorite in the American Athletic Conference West Division, according to a preseason poll conducted by the league's media. Memphis also was picked to win the West in 2015, when the Tigers still had former coach Justin Fuente (now at Virginia Tech) and former quarterback Paxton Lynch (now with the Denver Broncos).