Memphis football bowl projections: Birmingham Bowl among favorites

Now that Memphis football is bowl eligible for a ninth consecutive season, fans can take a closer look at where the Tigers will play in December.

Memphis (6-5, 3-4 AAC) heads into its season finale at SMU on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU) with a chance to improve in the AAC pecking order. The Tigers are tied for seventh in the conference with East Carolina.

If Memphis defeats SMU and ECU defeats Temple on Saturday, the Tigers will be in a four-way tie for fifth place with SMU, ECU and Navy. Memphis then holds a tiebreaker over SMU and Navy but not ECU due to the Tigers losing to the Pirates in four overtimes.

If Memphis loses and ECU wins, the Tigers will finish no better than eighth in the conference. If Memphis and ECU lose, both schools will remain in seventh.

As a reminder, the AAC typically places its best teams in bowl games against Power Five opponents. If an AAC team finishes as the highest non-Power Five team in the final College Football Playoff rankings, it will head to the Cotton Bowl.

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