Memphis vs. Utah State Servpro First Responder Bowl Prediction: Picks & Start Time – December 27, 2022

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The Servpro First Responder Bowl will feature a matchup between the Memphis Tigers and the Utah State Aggies.

Memphis vs. Utah State Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Memphis as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Memphis has -343 odds to pick up the win, while Utah State is listed at +257 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 57.5 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Memphis vs. Utah State Live?

  • Game Day: Tuesday, December 27, 2022
  • Game Time: 3:15 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: University Park, Texas
  • Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium

Betting Preview


Memphis is totaling 421.8 yards per game on offense (40th in the FBS), and rank 64th on the other side of the ball, yielding 371.9 yards allowed per game. Memphis ranks 75th in scoring defense this season (27.3 points allowed per game), but has been playing really well on the offensive side of the ball, ranking 22nd-best in the FBS with 35.1 points per game. Memphis ranks 101st in pass defense this year (250.2 passing yards allowed per game), but has been playing really well on offense, ranking 22nd-best in the FBS with 279.8 passing yards per game. Memphis is compiling 142.1 rushing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 77th in the FBS. The team’s defensive unit ranks 28th, surrendering 121.8 rushing yards per game. Memphis ranks 30th in third-down efficiency (45.0%) on offense and 94th in third-down conversion rate allowed (41.6%) on defense this season. With 17 forced turnovers (54th in the FBS) against 15 turnovers committed (43rd in the FBS), Memphis’ +2+2 turnover margin ranks 47th in college football.

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Utah State

From an offensive standpoint, Utah State is posting 362.3 total yards per contest (88th-ranked). It ranks 85th in the FBS defensively (396.6 total yards surrendered per game). Utah State is accumulating 23.3 points per game on offense this season (98th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 30.6 points per contest (103rd-ranked) on defense. From an offensive perspective, Utah State is generating 200.2 passing yards per game (102nd-ranked). It ranks 28th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (198.4 passing yards given up per game). Utah State’s defense has been bottom-25 in run defense this season, ceding 198.2 rushing yards per game, which ranks 13th-worst in the FBS. Offensively, it ranks 56th with 162.1 rushing yards per contest. Utah State’s offense has been struggling on third down, ranking 16th-worst in the FBS with a 32.4% third-down conversion rate. It has been more productive on defense, giving up a 40.5% third-down rate (86th-ranked). Utah State owns a -6 turnover margin this season, which ranks 100th in the FBS.

Memphis vs. Utah State Betting Analysis

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Memphis Betting Insights

Memphis has put together a 6-6-0 record against the spread this season. Memphis has an ATS record of 2-2 when playing as at least 8.5-point favorites. Games involving Memphis have hit the over eight times this season. The Tigers have gone 5-1 in games they were favored on the moneyline (winning 83.3% of those games). The Tigers have won all three games they have played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -343 or shorter.

Aggies Betting Insights

Utah State has gone 4-8-0 against the spread this year. Utah State has a record of 2-2 ATS when playing as at least 8.5-point underdogs. This year, Utah State games have hit the over five times. The Aggies have been underdogs in five games this season and won one (20%) of those contests. The Aggies have entered four games this season as the underdog by +257 or more and are 1-1 in those contests.

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Memphis vs. Utah State Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 60.2 61.4 58.6
Implied Total AVG 35.8 37.6 33.2
ATS Record 6-6-0 3-4-0 3-2-0
Over/Under Record 8-4-0 4-3-0 4-1-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-1 4-1 1-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-5 0-1 0-4


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 53.8 54.3 53.3
Implied Total AVG 34.5 32.5 36.5
ATS Record 4-8-0 3-3-0 1-5-0
Over/Under Record 5-7-0 2-4-0 3-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-1 3-1 2-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-4 1-1 0-3

Players to Watch


  • With two sacks to go with six TFL, 107 tackles, and three interceptions in 11 games, Xavier Cullens has been a significant part of the Tigers’ defensive unit in 2022.
  • With four interceptions to go with 75 tackles, four TFL, and four passes defended in 10 games, Quindell Johnson has been a big part of the Tigers’ defense in 2022.
  • The Tigers’ defense has been aided by the play of Jaylon Allen, who has played 11 games and delivered one interception to go along with 61 tackles, eight TFL, four sacks, and one pass defended.
  • Tyler Murray has been a big part of the Tigers’ defensive unit in 2022, with two interceptions to go with 52 tackles, four TFL, and two passes defended in 11 games.


  • Hunter Reynolds has been doing his part on defense, recording three interceptions to go with 97 tackles, two TFL, and seven passes defended for the Aggies.
  • In 12 games for the Aggies, A.J. Vongphachanh has delivered 92 tackles, five TFL, two sacks, and three passes defended.
  • MJ Tafisi has one sack to go with six TFL and 69 tackles in eight games.
  • Daniel Grzesiak has delivered 47 tackles, eight TFL, six sacks, and one pass defended In 12 games for the Aggies.

Memphis vs. Utah State Predictions and Pick

Memphis vs. Utah State betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Pick Em

    Pick OU:

    Over (57.5)

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How to Bet on Memphis vs. Utah State

You can bet on Memphis vs. Utah State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college football odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals as well as college football prop odds, check out the latest college football lines as well as our guide to the best college football betting sites.

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Our pick to win this game is Memphis, and we project that Memphis will cover the spread (Memphis -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 57.5 points.


Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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