AAC Week 6 Roundup

Three conference games headlined the week that was in American Athletic Conference. An unlikely team upset a Power Five opponent while the West division continues to get jammed at the top. Check out all of that and more in this week's AAC Roundup.

WHO WON

Houston beat SMU, 49-28 (AAC)

Temple beat Tulane, 49-10 (AAC)

USF beat Syracuse, 45-24

UConn beat UCF, 40-13 (AAC)

Tulsa beat Louisiana-Monroe, 34-24

WHO LOST

SMU lost to Houston, 49-28 (AAC)

Tulane lost to Temple, 49-10 (AAC)

Navy lost to Notre Dame, 41-24

UCF lost to UConn, 40-13 (AAC)

ECU lost to BYU, 45-38

BEST WIN

South Florida doesn’t get enough credit for the progress it has made in the past few seasons. The Bulls picked up their second win of the season against the ACC’s Syracuse Orange Saturday in convincing fashion. The 45-24 romping included 179 yards and two touchdowns for USF star running back Marlon Mack. One might scoff at the victory for the Bulls. Syracuse had three wins all of last year and has sat near the bottom of the ACC but USF, while trying to climb its way up the American, isn’t necessarily its conference’s best team. Either way, in a matchup of perhaps comparable teams, the AAC stole yet another victory from a Power Five opponent. That’s never a bad thing.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS

WEST

Houston (5-0, 2-0 AAC)

Memphis (5-0, 2-0 AAC)

Navy (4-1, 2-0 AAC)

Tulane (2-3, 1-1 AAC)

Tulsa (3-2, 0-1 AAC)

SMU (1-5, 0-2 AAC)

EAST

Temple (5-0, 2-0 AAC)

UConn (3-3, 1-1 AAC)

ECU (3-3, 1-1 AAC)

USF (2-3, 0-1 AAC)

Cincinnati (3-2, 0-2 AAC)

UCF (0-6, 0-2 AAC)

BEST PLAYER PEFROMANCE Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. had an incredible offensive effort during the Cougars’ 49-28 victory over AAC foe SMU Thursday. Through the air, Ward Jr. completed 16-of-18 passes for 243 yards. However, it was on the ground that the junior dual-threat quarterback did the most damage. He racked up 82 yards on 14 carries, leading the team in both categories, and found his way into the end zone four times. His stellar performance earned him AAC Offensive Player of the Week honors and he continues to be a catalyst for the impressive Cougars squad.

WHAT’S NEXT

FRIDAY Cincinnati plays at BYU

Houston plays at Tulane (AAC)

SATURDAY

USF plays at UConn (AAC)

Tulsa plays at ECU (AAC)

Memphis hosts Ole Miss

UCF plays at Temple (AAC)


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