MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - No love for Memphis Tigers football at the new American Athletic Conference's media day.
The Tigers football team is used to being the underdog, but this year's season hasn't even started and they've been picked to stay that way.
"Last? That's kinda harsh," says fan Dectrick Thomas.
"It's kinda demeaning," adds Jake Carsley.
"I'm not surprised," says Cody James. "We're talking about football right?"
Right. The team can't seem to get a break.
Coach Justin Fuente is entering his second year. No games have been played, but conference media members picked the Tigers to finish last this season.
"I don't know what to think about it," says Carsley. "I just know it's bad."
"I don't think we're going to be in last," says Thomas. "I think we're improved. The players look like they're into it more this year than what they were previous years."
Louisville was chosen to place first. There are ten teams. Even Memphis' old CUSA foes Central Florida, Houston and SMU were voted to do better than the Tigers.
New opponent Temple was chosen to finish just ahead of the U of M in 9th place.
"I don't think Temple will beat us," Thomas says. "We'll take Central Florida too. We've got a chance at Louisville if the defense get better. But hey, they gotta work hard this summer. I think they'll come back as far as players around campus. They've got the attitude."
The Tigers first game is at the Liberty Bowl on September 7th. They're playing Duke.
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