Tigers (0-0) vs. Duke (1-0)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Series: Duke leads, 1-0
Last meeting: Duke 38, Memphis 14 (2012)
THE STORYLINE: Paxton Lynch will start at quarterback for the Tigers and become the first freshman to start the season at the position since 1986. But a freshman starting at quarterback for the U of M is not unique. Lynch is the third freshman to start in four years, following Ryan Williams in 2010 and Taylor Reed in 2011.
THE PLAYMAKERS: Each side has its share. Duke will be led by receiver Jamison Crowder, a 5-9 junior who returned five punts for 113 yards in last week's lopsided home win over North Carolina Central. Included in his performance was a 76-yard return for a TD. Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell has nine career pass interceptions and 30 pass breakups. Lynch will be wise to avoid passes in his direction.
The Tigers counter with receiver Keiwone Malone who, like Crowder, returns punts with a flair. He led Conference USA last year in the category. True freshman running back Marquis Warford is an electrifying, elusive runner who could create havoc in the open field.
THE STATISTIC: There are actually two. 1) Memphis hasn't beaten an opponent from a BCS automatic qualifying conference since 2004. 2) Memphis hasn't won a season-opening game since the same season. As for the losses since then? Five to Ole Miss, two to Mississippi State and last year's loss to UT Martin.
THE MATCHUP: It will occur up front as the U of M's defensive line, considered the strength of what was an improved unit a year ago, battles a veteran Duke offensive line. Memphis was unable to slow a Duke offense that amassed 500 yards in last year's game, but this Tiger defense has had a year working under coordinator Barry Odom.
THE HONOREES: The U of M will honor the 1963 team, the last unbeaten squad in the program's history, and also retire the jersey of legendary Tiger John Bramlett, who played from 1959 to '62 before embarking on a professional baseball career. He switched to pro football in 1965 and was AFL Rookie of the Year runnerup to Joe Namath in 1965.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Duke is a slight favorite and coming off a 45-0 victory over an outmanned opponent. Memphis did not play last weekend, one of only six teams in the nation receiving an opening-week bye. This will be an intriguing matchup, but the Tigers, starting their second season under Justin Fuente, may be up to the challenge. They've added speed and talent, but will need a boost from their special teams - a group that led them to their only TDs a year ago - to step up. MEMPHIS 27, DUKE 24
Several area football teams will be conducting scrimmages on Saturday morning as part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes team camp. Each scrimmage is scheduled to last two hours, so if you're out and about in the morning and have a hankering for some football, go check one out.
Fairley at ECS
Craigmont vs. White Station at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar
Overton at Bartlett
Sheffield vs. Kingsbury at Grave Evangelical Church, 9075 Wolf River Boulevard
Hamilton vs. Cordova at Bellevue Baptist, 2000 Appling Road (north side of the complex)
Carver vs. Frayser at Bellevue Baptist, 2000 Appling Road (north side of the complex)
Trezevant vs. East at Bellevue Baptist, 2000 Appling Road (north side of the complex)
Southwind vs. Central at Faith Baptist Church, 849 Rocky Point Road
MAHS vs. Douglass at Faith Baptist Church, 849 Rocky Point Road
Oakhaven vs. Westwood at W.C. Johnson Park, 419 Johnson Park Drive in Collierville (artifical turf fields)
Raleigh-Egypt vs. BTW at Advent Presbyterian Church, 1979 Germantown Parkway
St. George's senior Grant Hirschman is tied for the lead after two rounds of the American Junior Golf Association's Under Armour/Scott Stallings championship at TPC-Southwind.
Hirschman, a two-time Division 2-A state champion and the Best of the Preps golfer of the year for 2012, shot 2-over 73 on Wednesday to put him at 1-over 143. He shares the lead with Davis Baxter of Nolensville, Tenn.
"I grinded out a lot of pars today because I didn't hit the ball nearly as well and played patient and waited for the birdies," Hirschman told the AJGA's web site. "(Thursday) I will stick to my final-round strategy of just playing the course instead of the competitors."
Goodman Rudolph, who will be a freshman at MUS this fall, is the nearest local competitor; he's tied for 10th at 147.
On the girls side, Nashville's Alexandra Farnsworth shot 71-144 and leads Erin Harper of Dublin, Ohio by one stroke. Aubree Jones of Covington (80-157) is tied for 10th.
The 54-hole event concludes Thursday.
Several area high school baseball players have been named to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association all-state team for the 2013 season.
Named on the first team were pitcher Brandon Hicks of AAA state champion Collierville, Germantown catcher Ridge Smith, infielder Brent Rooker of Division 2-A state champ ECS and Covington outfielder Carlos Williams.
Picked for the second team were dual players Ben Lowe of ECS and Conner Alexander of Tipton-Rosemark, pitcher Brandon Wilhelm of D2-AA state champion CBHS, Collierville infielder Parker Phillips, MUS infielder Jordan Rodgers, Houston infielder Conner Hawthorne and Arlington outfielder Chase Hamilton.
Local players on the third team are dual players John Wesley Ray of CBHS, Peyton Sanderlin of Collierville and Riley Echols of Harding, Harding pitcher Nathan Stanford, CBHS catcher Tyler Lawrence, Arlington infielder Andy Bowman, Bolton infielder Garrett Copeland and outfielders Wesley Johnson of Bartlett and Brandon Mitson of TRA..
High school football season will be here before you know it. Week 0 games take place on Aug. 23, with Shelby-Metro jamborees taking place the week before. With that in mind, here is a look at the TSSAA's football reclassification for the upcoming season and beyond.
Districts are listed with the numbers in parenthesis indicating the classification for each school for playoff purposes. And please note, there were no changes involving local Division 2 schools, so everything in our area is status quo.
Booker T. Washington (2A)
White Station (6A)