Memphis, ranked No. 20 in the latest CFP rankings, has already locked up a berth in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, but the Tigers still have something to play for when they host East Carolina on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
With a loss by Central Florida to South Florida, Memphis would host the conference championship game next week. Otherwise, the Tigers would head to Orlando, Fla., for a second crack at the undefeated Knights.
"We've talked a lot about the focus that it takes to get to this point, to not get caught up by any distraction, by any outside influence, to control what we can control," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "And our guys have done a great job of that."