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American Athletic Conference Rankings and Bowl Projections: Week 4

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Updated through yesterday's (9/14) games:

 

Week 3 Rankings

1. #17 UCF (3-0, 0-0) -  The Knights rolled up 413 yards of offense in the first half and walked to a 45-27 win over Stanford. That now makes it 25 straight regular season wins for UCF. It will be interesting to see at what point this CFP begins taking this program seriously. Up next: at Pittsburgh (1-2)

2. Memphis (3-0, 0-0) - The Tigers rolled up 530 yards of total offense and Kenneth Gainwell and Kylan Watkins each rushed for over 100 yards as Memphis crushed South Alabama 42-6 in Mobile. The Tigers revamped defense is now ranked 5th nationally with only 226 yards allowed per game but will be challenged when they face the Navy triple option next. Up next: Bye

3. Temple (2-0, 0-0) - The Owls kept #21 Maryland from scoring in the fourth quarter with two goal line stands as Temple held on for a 20-17 win. The Owls favorable schedule and strong defense could have them 5-0 and ranked when they host Memphis in mid-October. Up next: at Buffalo (1-2)

4. Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0) - The Bearcats defense gave up only 207 yards of total offense and pulled away in the second half to beat Miami, OH 35-13. Cincinnati was able to bounce back after their humiliating loss at Ohio State but face a tough slate of games once they return from their bye. Up next: Bye

5. Navy (2-0, 1-0) - Malcolm Perry ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another 151 yards and two scores, as the Midshipmen throttled East Carolina 42-10. While Navy's #1 rush offense should come as no surprise, their #12 ranked rush defense - albeit through two games - has the Midshipmen as dark horse contenders in the West. Up next: Bye

6. SMU (2-0, 0-0)  TJ McDaniel ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns, and the Mustang offense racked up 639 yards offense as SMU rolled over Texas State 47-17. The Mustangs quick start to the season has been bolstered by a soft schedule of lower tier FBS schools who are a combined 2-7. Up next: at TCU (2-0)

7. Tulane (2-1, 0-0) -  The Green Wave rushed for six touchdowns and stomped FBS Missouri State 58-6. Tulane's defense is giving up 14.7 points per game and will keep them in alot of games this year. Up next: Houston (1-2)

8. Houston (1-2, 0-0) - The Cougars blew a 14-7 halftime lead eventually falling to #22 Washington State 31-24. Houston's defense, ranked 122nd is the country, has let them down so far this year and could doom their season if not righted. Up next: at Tulane (2-1)

9. Tulsa (1-2, 0-0) -  The Golden Hurricane blew a 21-20 halftime lead and fell to Oklahoma State 40-21. Tulsa's struggles on 3rd down in the second half doomed their upset bid. While the Golden Hurricane may be improved this year it may not be seen in the record as they face a challenging schedule. Up next: Wyoming (3-0)

10. South Florida (1-2, 0-0) - In his first collegiate start Jordan McCloud threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Bulls blew out South Carolina State 55-16. The Bulls defense has now generated a nation-leading 11 turnovers. If McCloud can be an upgrade over Blake Barnett and the defense can show continued signs of improvement, the Bulls will be able to move up the rankings as the season progresses  Up next: Bye

11.  East Carolina (1-2, 0-1) -  The Pirates offense could only generate 222 yards of offense and struggled mightily on third down (2 for 13) as East Carolina fell to Navy 42-10. The Pirates will need to win their next two games if they want to have a shot at bowl eligibility as the schedule gets noticeably tougher later in the season. Up next: William & Mary (2-1)

12. UConn (1-1, 0-0) - Bye. Up next: at Indiana (2-1)

 

 

Bowl Projections

NY6 Bowl - UCF vs. TBD

Birmingham Bowl - Memphis vs. SEC (Memphis also appeared in last year's game)

Gasparilla Bowl - Navy vs. C-USA

Hawaii Bowl - Houston vs. MWC

Military Bowl - Temple vs. ACC

Boca Raton Bowl - Cincinnati vs. C-USA

Cure Bowl - SMU vs. Sun Belt 

Frisco Bowl - Tulane vs. At Large

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Tulane will beat Memphis and represent the west.

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This sounds about right.  Unfortunately, ucf is winning out again and will be in the Cotton Bowl. And even after last night, USF looks like a three to five win team to me and I don't see them going bowling this year.

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2 hours ago, NewEnglandBull said:

Tulane will beat Memphis and represent the west.

That game is in Memphis and Memphis' defense may give Tulane fits.

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Hate to say this but it seems that the AAC has developed into a stronger conference during their short existence. UConn leaving will only help the football conference become stronger top to bottom than most conferences. 

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10 minutes ago, Bull Daly said:

Hate to say this but it seems that the AAC has developed into a stronger conference during their short existence. UConn leaving will only help the football conference become stronger top to bottom than most conferences. 

Don't hate to say it. That's a good thing.

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2 hours ago, brybull1970 said:

That game is in Memphis and Memphis' defense may give Tulane fits.

We will see how good Tulane is Thursday night 

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3 minutes ago, NewEnglandBull said:

We will see how good Tulane is Thursday night 

Agreed.

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1 hour ago, Bull Daly said:

Hate to say this but it seems that the AAC has developed into a stronger conference during their short existence. UConn leaving will only help the football conference become stronger top to bottom than most conferences. 

No need for P6 when we can force one of the other conferences out of the P5.

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1 hour ago, Vivadiscordia said:

No need for P6 when we can force one of the other conferences out of the P5.

Lol will never happen. The P5 has to be one of the most corrupt organization in the history of sports. Until the G5 gets tired of table scraps, they have no need to make changes to make access easier for us. Wish it were more fair but the reality is that it sucks. Just got to worry about USF right now and ignore the rest lol

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