AAC Week 2 Roundup
Who won? UCONN beat Army, 22-17. Houston beat Louisville, 34-31. Memphis beat Kansas, 55-23. SMU beat North Texas, 31-13. Temple beat Cincinnati, 34-26. Tulsa beat New Mexico, 40-21. Who lost? USF lost to Florida State, 34-14. Tulane lost to Georgia Tech, 65-10. ECU lost to Florida, 31-24. CINCINNATI lost to Temple, 34-26. UCF lost to Stanford, 31-7. Best win? Houston taking down former American Athletic Conference member and current Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville is a big win. The Cougars played a sound game, winning 34-31, and outscored one of the AAC’s better offenses. Tom Herman, now at the helm of the Cougars after successfully leading the Ohio State offense, was a big time addition for Houston in the summer of young coordinators jumping elsewhere. His impressive offense is already paying dividends and on Saturday, his Cougars racked up 426 total yards against the Cardinals. Best player performance? Cincinnati star quarterback Gunner Kiel put up big numbers against Temple. However, it was Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich whose performance willed his team to victory. Emerging as one of the best linebackers in the conference, Matakevich collected 13 tackles, eight of which were unassisted, and intercepted Kiel, one of the conference’s best gunslingers, twice on Saturday. What’s next? (all games on Saturday 9/19) UCONN plays at Missouri. USF plays at Maryland. TULSA plays at Oklahoma. MEMPHIS plays at Bowling Green. TEMPLE plays at Massachusetts. CINCINNATI plays at Miami (OH). ECU plays at Navy. UCF hosts Furman. SMU plays at Texas Christian. TULANE hosts Maine. Game to watch? ECU and Navy will be playing in their first conference games of the year on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. For Navy, though, it represents their first AAC game ever, and it comes against a team that it has had success against. The Midshipmen are 2-1 against ECU since the Ruffin McNeill era but the Pirates are fresh off of a narrow loss to Florida. The storyline going into this one will be whether or not ECU can reverse its fortune against Navy, and rebound from the tough loss to the Gators. You can catch this game on Saturday at 3:30 on CBS Sports Network.
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