Projected 2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 8-4 (61st)
Biggest strength: A dangerous offense returns virtually everyone but the coordinator, and the new OC knows the job well.
Biggest question mark: The secondary was the only thing keeping Memphis’ defense afloat, and it has to replace five of last year’s top seven.
Biggest 2017 game: Navy visits on October 14; Memphis’ AAC West title chances likely hinge on winning this one and splitting games at Houston (Oct. 19) and Tulsa (Nov. 3).
Summary: In Norvell’s first season succeeding turnaround artist Fuente, his Tigers improved on paper. A more experienced team heads into 2017 potentially favored in at least 10 games. They could have the best combination of experience and upside in the AAC.