AAC Week 10 Recap

AAC football: Observations from Week 1

It was a busy week for AAC football teams. The University of South Florida had two games in a week’s time and the University of Houston had its game against University of Texas San Antonio postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. Here are some observations from AAC football teams action from Week 1.

First, the good, teams that are in this category made a good impression in week 1 and are trending upwards. Starting with the Thursday games the University of Central Florida.  UCF came out with a vengeance and dominated an inferior FIU team 61-17 ahead of their potential AAC Championship opponent in Memphis. Cincinnati gets head coach Luke Fickell his first victory at the school with a 26-14 win over Austin Peay. On Friday, Navy got their season off on the right foot as well with a 42-19 victory over FAU who is now coached by Lane Kiffin. And lastly, Saturday’s games included wins by Tulane and SMU over Grambling State and Stephen F Austin, respectively.

Now onto the bad, teams that are in this category were just bad this weekend and may or may not have lost.  Starting with last Saturday’s game for the University of South Florida, they went on the road to play an inferior opponent in San Jose State and before the end of the 1st quarter, they were down 16-0. They did right the ship and win the game 44-22 but that game was a lot closer than the score line showed.Fast forward one week later and they are facing Stony Brook at home for their home opener you would think that would get them fired up but they came out flat against them too. Trailing for most of the game before finally

Fast forward one week later and they are facing Stony Brook at home for their home opener you would think that would get them fired up but they came out flat against them too. Trailing for most of the game before finally eeking out the victory in the fourth.If their play doesn’t improve when they play a better opponent they may not be so fortunate.  East Carolina took on James Madison and was not very competitive, James Madison out rushed ECU 422-80 you read that right 422 yards.  UConn who hosted Holy Cross and was trailing late in that game only to win it late.

If their play doesn’t improve when they play a better opponent they may not be so fortunate.  East Carolina took on James Madison and was not very competitive, James Madison out rushed ECU 422-80 you read that right 422 yards. UConn who hosted Holy Cross and was trailing late in that game only to win it late.

Lastly, the ugly, this category is for teams who lost or played ugly but can still turn it around.  Temple played a road game against a tough Notre Dame team but the 2016 AAC football champion looked nothing like their championship self, losing 49-16.Tulsa had a tall task playing at Oklahoma State and they were not up to the challenge losing 59-24 but I think this is more of how good OK State is vs how bad Tulsa is. Memphis was the last to round out this category as they beat Louisiana Monroe but they did not look like the team who is favored to win the West Division of the AAC and next up is a trip to Orlando to play a hot UCF team in an early season conference tilt.

Tulsa had a tall task playing at Oklahoma State and they were not up to the challenge losing 59-24 but I think this is more of how good OK State is versus how bad Tulsa is. Memphis was the last to round out this category as they beat Louisiana Monroe but they did not look like the team who is favored to win the West Division of the AAC. The team’s next game is against a hot UCF team in an early season conference tilt.

Overall the conference had a good weekend and got wins which are always important. We learned a lot from this weekend. And we will continue to learn about the AAC who is vying to become part of the Power 6 conferences.

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