American Athletic Conference: A look back at week 8
We are now finished with 8 weeks in the AAC Conference and the picture is becoming more and more clear. There is a clear-cut top class of the conference, a middle tier, and a bottom tier which features some of the worst teams in the conference. There are some amazing matchups coming up which could decide the positioning and bowl eligibility for some of these teams. As always I will rank them Good, Bad, and the Ugly.
UCF – So far they are the cream of the crop and their résumé by far is the best in the conference with road wins against Maryland and Navy. UCF also has a home win over Memphis. The school is 6-0 for the first time in program history and takes on the Governors of Austin Peay this week. This is a replacement game for Georgia Tech game that was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.
USF – They are also undefeated but their résumé is not very impressive. The Bulls had yet another close game with a team they should have blown out. Their Black Friday game against UCF is looking like it will decide who gets the AAC championship game and possibly an NY6 game.
Memphis – The Tigers are looking very impressive after they dropped their only game of the season against UCF 40-13. They are looking forward to getting to the AAC Championship game with redemption on their mind.
SMU – The Mustangs are also in this group by keeping their AAC West Division hopes alive with a 31-28 victory over Cincinnati next up for them is Tulsa in a much-needed win for them. Navy even though they lost to UCF by 10 they played well and overcame losing their starting QB early in this one, they still remain a tough team and will surely factor down the stretch.
Teams here are in a bit of trouble and need to turn their season around. UConn has made it out of the Ugly group and is now in the bad group. However, they run into a bad stretch of games against Mizzou, USF, and UCF. So they may just end up back in the Ugly group shortly.
Houston is in this group because of back to back losses to Tulsa which was a bad loss and then Memphis. Up next for Houston is USF.
Tulane is also borderline in this group but if they can turn it around it will be beneficial to their season.
Teams here are in the dumps and their season is in serious jeopardy or is pretty much a failure.
East Carolina, they sit at 2-6 and would need to win out to become bowl eligible they are off this week and take the field next week against Houston.
Cincinnati is also 2-6 and will also need to win out to become bowl eligible. They too are on a bye and play Tulane next.
Temple is 3-5 and is in a little better place than both the aforementioned teams their next game is against Navy on 11/2.
Tulsa is a 10 win team from last season. This season they would need to run the table to have back to back bowl seasons. To say this was a disappointing season for Tulsa is an understatement. Their remaining schedule is brutal they have SMU, Memphis, USF, and Temple they would need to sweep that and honestly I don’t think it will happen.Follow @Espowrites