AAC Week 5 Roundup
WHO WON ECU defeated SMU, 49-23. (AAC) Navy defeated Air Force, 33-11. Tulane defeated UCF, 45-31. (AAC) Houston defeated Tulsa, 38-24. (AAC) Temple defeated UNC Charlotte, 37-3. Memphis defeated USF, 24-17. (AAC) Cincinnati defeated Miami (Fla), 34-23. WHO LOST SMU lost to ECU, 49-23. (AAC) UCF lost to Tulane, 45-31. (AAC) Tulsa lost to Houston, 38-24. (AAC) UConn lost to BYU, 30-13. USF lost to Memphis, 24-17. (AAC) BEST WIN While the Cincinnati Bearcats continue to struggle in conference (0-2), the team kept its non-conference record undefeated thanks to a 34-23 victory over Miami Thursday. I feel like a broken record praising the AAC team that beats a Power Five opponent every week, but frankly, even though it’s become a less-than-surprising sight, it always does a lot to the conference’s reputation. ECU’s victory over Virginia Tech highlighted last week’s slate and Cincinnati’s victory over the Hurricanes, one of the country’s most notorious programs, without star quarterback Gunner Kiel is all the more impressive. While Miami has faced its fair share of struggles this season, it comes down to another instance in which an AAC team knocked off an ACC team, a disconcerting trend for Power Five proponents. CONFERENCE STANDINGS WEST Memphis (5-0, 2-0 AAC) Navy (4-0, 2-0 AAC) Houston (4-0, 1-0 AAC) Tulane (2-2, 1-0 AAC) SMU (1-4, 0-1 AAC) EAST Temple (4-0, 1-0 AAC) ECU (3-2, 1-1 AAC) UConn (2-3, 0-1 AAC) USF (1-3, 0-1 AAC) UCF (0-5, 0-1 AAC) Cincinnati (3-2, 0-2 AAC) BEST PLAYER PERFORMANCE ECU senior linebacker Montese Overton’s four-sack performance against SMU earned him the AAC Defensive Player of the Week honor. Another record was broken along the way as well, as his four sacks in a single contest mark the most ever in AAC history and tied the school record. In a time where offense is everything in college football, it takes a truly remarkable defensive performance to shine above the rest. Overton made his presence felt from the get-go and was seemingly chasing SMU quarterback Matt Davis down for the entirety of the game. WHAT’S NEXT Thursday: SMU will play at Houston. (AAC) Saturday: Tulane will play at Temple. (AAC) USF will host Syracuse. Navy will play at Notre Dame. UConn will play at UCF. (AAC) Tulsa will host Louisiana-Monroe. ECU will travel to BYU.
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