Is Memphis the best team in the state of Tennessee? Bowling Green coach Dino Babers seems to think so.
Babers — who faced Tennessee in Week 1 and Memphis in Week 3 — said he’s “not sure Memphis isn’t the best team in their state,” according to John Wagner of The Toledo Blade.
Obviously, the comment could be interpreted as a jab at the Vols, who despite a 59-30 win had their hands full facing the Bowling Green offense.
In fairness to him, Babers did credit the Tigers as “a big-time football team” and possibly “the best team not in a Power 5.” Bowling Green lost to Memphis 44-41 this past weekend.
Either way, the comment should spark even more debate in the Volunteer State among fans of a now-defunct rivalry.
Tennessee and Memphis haven’t faced each other since 2010. The Vols are 22-1 all-time against their in-state foes, with the Tigers’ only victory taking place 1996.
— JWagnerBlade (@jwagnerblade) September 21, 2015
Bowling Green’s Dino Babers: “Memphis is a big time football team. Maybe the best team not in a Power 5. This is a good football team."
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) September 21, 2015