MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Mississippi State Bulldogs are the only Power Five team on Memphis' schedule this season, and Tigers coach Ryan Silverfield refuses to shy away from the importance of this game.
"I can't sit here and say: `It's just like every other game.' There's a heightened sense of it," Silverfield said. "Let's be real about it."
Memphis has had mixed success in recent years against major conference teams with wins over Kansas, UCLA and Ole Miss. Beating a team from the Southeastern Conference, well, just means more. Silverfield said it's definitely "a different perception from those on the outside looking in" than a win over Nicholls State.