The first Tennessee online sportsbooks went live on Nov. 1, 2020, so this college football season marked the first where you can legally bet on the Memphis Tigers and more college football action here in Tennessee.
While there were some changes to the Memphis Tigers’ 2020 schedule, the NCAA football season has plunged ahead and the Tigers are on the field — and open for betting — on a regular basis. Read on to discover how you can bet on the Tigers online, what bets you can make for either a game or the season, and everything else you need to know about online college football betting in Tennessee right now.
The Memphis Tigers finished the 2020 season at 7-3 and earned a bowl bid against Florida Atlantic in this year’s Montgomery Bowl. Below you can see the best Memphis Tigers game odds from the top Tennessee online sportsbook apps. Click on any odds to go right to the sportsbook, claim your bonus and lock in your bet!
Betting on Memphis Tigers games in Tennessee is a straightforward process. No matter which Tennessee online sportsbook you choose to bet with, there are three things you need to do:
Just note that the state prohibits live prop bets on college sports as well as props on individual college athletes.
You have to sign up for an account with a TN online sportsbook before you can bet on the Tigers.
Go to the operator’s website via any link on this page and sign up right there. Click on the “sign up,” “join” or “register” tab and fill in the requested info on the personal and account information pages:
If there’s a space asking for a promo code or bonus code, see if there’s one listed for the particular sportsbook on this site. This will ensure you get the best bonus available.
Finally, submit all your personal and account information and accept the published terms and conditions to complete your registration. If you want to download the sportsbook app to use on your phone or tablet, you can do it directly from the sportsbook after you create your account.
You have to get some money in your online sportsbook account before you can bet on the Tigers. Log in to your account through the operator’s website or app and click the “deposit” or “cashier” tab.
Choose whatever method of deposit works for you. Most Tennessee sportsbooks allow you to use credit and debit cards, certain online banking services, and third-party payment processors.
Enter the amount you want to deposit and follow the prompts. Your deposit should be available within minutes.
Finally, to bet on the Tigers you have to create a bet slip. Log in to your account through the operator’s website or app and browse through the different Tigers betting markets. Click on a bet you like and a bet slip will be created automatically.
You can play around with your bet by adding more single bets and turning your bet into a parlay on the bet slip. Whenever you’re finished, enter the amount you want to bet. The bet slip will show your potential payout. Click to place the bet.
Here’s a look at the schedule for the 2020 Memphis Tigers, including games already played, canceled and rescheduled:
The Memphis Tigers football team was one of the top mid-major college football programs in the country in 2019.
The team finished 12-2 overall, reaching the American Athletic Conference title game for a third-straight year. Ultimately, the Tigers won the school’s first conference title since 1969, winning the AAC championship game 29-24 over Cincinnati.
That led to a New Year’s Six bowl berth. The Tigers met Penn State in the Cotton Bowl, but lost 53-39. Memphis was ranked No. 17 in both the final AP and Coaches polls.
Fourth-year head coach Mike Norvell left for Florida State ahead of the Cotton Bowl. Offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield was named the new head coach.
A typical Memphis Tigers betting line at a Tennessee sportsbook will look something like this:
The first number is the spread with the odds in parentheses.
Here, the Tigers are 2.5-point underdogs to the Mustangs. That means the Tigers have to win the game, or lose by fewer than three points, for spread bets on the Tigers to win. If that happens, Tigers spread bettors will win $100, plus the bet back, for every $110 they wager.
Next are the moneyline odds. Here, the Tigers are +155 underdogs to SMU. That means if the Tigers win, moneyline bets will pay $155, plus the bet back, for every $100 bet. SMU is a -175 moneyline favorite, which means if the Mustangs win, moneyline bets will pay $100, plus the bet back, for every $175 bet.
The final number is the totals line with the odds in parentheses. Here, you are betting that the total combined score will be over or under 44.5 points. That half point means there will be no push. The over is 45 points or more, and the under 44 points or fewer. These totals bets pay $100, plus the bet back, for every $110 bet.
For the most part, sportsbooks in Tennessee and Las Vegas have the same opening betting odds for Memphis Tigers games. However, they may end up quite different by kickoff.
Sportsbooks make money from something referred to as the vig.
They set lines hoping an equal amount of money will be bet on both sides. Then, they earn the difference between whatever the losing side lays and how much the winning side is paid. This is the vig.
Let’s assume both sides of a bet can be booked at -110 odds. If exactly $1,100 is bet on either side, that’s $2,200 in bets. However, winners will only get paid $2,100 ($1,000 in winnings and $1,100 in returned bets). That leaves $100 for the sportsbook.
If more money is bet on one side, sportsbooks will move the line to even things out. Because there’s more local interest in the Tigers, the lines are more likely to be moved at Tennessee sportsbooks than traditional Las Vegas sportsbooks.
That’s why the lines in Vegas and Tennessee may start out the same, but end up quite different by kickoff.
Tennessee online sportsbooks cannot legally offer live prop bets on college sports or any props involving individual college athletes.
However, prop bets (not on individual athletes) are available before the games begin.
The following former Memphis Tigers are on current NFL rosters:
Here’s a look at the 2020 Memphis Tigers coaching staff:
The following three bars consistently make various lists of the top places to watch Memphis Tigers games outside of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium:
Here’s a look at some of the all-time career statistics leaders for the Memphis Tigers:
2020 Memphis Tigers football season tickets range in price from $350 for premium chairback seats down to $150 for endzone seats. Single-game ticket prices range from $20 to $60 for presale seats and $25 to $65 on game day.
The Memphis Tigers have never won a national championship. The team joined the American Athletic Conference in 2014. The Tigers won the school’s first AAC title in 2019, after losing in the championship game the two previous years.
The Memphis Tigers maintain a Twitter account for all of the school’s athletic programs. It’s @TigersAthletics, and you’ll find up-to-date game and schedule info there.
You can stream Memphis Tigers games on streaming services like fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and Sling TV. All these streaming services offer free trials, letting you watch Memphis Tigers games for free for a short period of time. After that, you’ll need a subscription.
The University of Memphis fight song is “Go Tiger Go.”
The team has employed a live tiger mascot for years. Unfortunately, TOM III died in 2020. There will be a TOM IV, but the live tiger will no longer appear at games.
The University of Memphis has agreed to a partnership with the Memphis Zoo to sponsor a live Bengal tiger at the zoo as the school’s mascot. Memphis president M. David Rudd said all future TOMs will live at the zoo.