Memphis football drawing high praise from national pundits as 2018 season nears

, Memphis Commercial Appeal

They’re the best — around.

Memphis football, once viewed as an afterthought in its own state where members of the mighty SEC have traditionally dominated, is enjoying unprecedented success in recent years. And the national media has taken notice.

On Tuesday, CBS Sports went state-by-state and picked the college football team (either FBS or FCS) it thinks is playing better than the rest as the 2018 season approaches.

The Tigers were chosen as the best in Tennessee, which is also home to, among others, the UT Vols, Vanderbilt Commodores, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Austin Peay Governors.

National pundit Barrett Sallee wrote: Yes, Tennessee, this is an indictment of the Butch Jones era.