Around the AAC- Week 12

A look at this week's American Athletic Conference's action.

Moving further into the month of November, the race for the 2nd American Athletic Conference title remains tight, with several teams vying to be number one as the margin of error for these squads diminish by the week. Meanwhile, USF returns to action with a different look to their offense. Here’s the full slate of games this week in the AAC:

Thursday, November 13th. 7 pm ET ESPN2- East Carolina (6-2, 3-1) @ Cincinnati (5-3, 3-1).

A crucial Thursday night matchup at Paul Brown Stadium between two top teams coming off a bye week. The Bearcats are surging, winners of 3 straight in spite of alternating injuries to QB’s Munchie Legaux and Gunner Kiel. Meanwhile, East Carolina is coming off an upset loss at the hands of Temple, so we’ll see if school record setting QB Shane Carden can get the Pirates back on track offensively. The winner of this contest has a strong shot of being the favorites to win the conference moving forward.

Friday, November 14th. 8 pm ET ESPN2- Tulsa (2-7, 2-3) @ UCF (5-3, 3-1).

Friday night lights taking place at Bounce House as the Golden Hurricane visit the Knights. Tulsa was able to notch a 38-28 victory over cellar dwelling SMU this past week and hope to further that momentum as they head into their final three games of the season. The Knights are recovering from a road loss at the hands of Uconn a few weeks back, so they’ll definitely be relying on the Friday Oviedo crowd to back them up as they attempt to #ChargeOn for a victory. The UCF defense is giving up only 21.4 points per contest, netting them 25th in the nation in that respective category.

Saturday, November 15th. 12 pm ET ESPN2- Temple (5-4, 3-3) @ Penn St. (5-4, 2-4)

An in-state, non-conference rivalry game going on as Temple makes the trip west to Happy Valley to face James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. Temple saw their hopes of winning the conference dashed with a 3 point home loss to Memphis this past Friday. Now they try to bring down an underwhelming Penn State team who hasn’t looked impressive with Christian Hackenberg at the helm.

Saturday, November 15th. 3:30 pm ET ESPNU- Memphis (6-3, 4-1) @ Tulane (3-6, 2-3)

Memphis is surging at the right time, racking up three consecutive conference victories on the back of their defense that’s only surrendering 18.7 points per game. On the flip side, Tulane showed some late season life as they were able to knock off Houston this past week with a 31-24 victory. QB Tanner Lee threw for 237 yards and 3 TDs and looks to replicate that performance against the Tigers.

Saturday, November 15th. 8 pm ET CBS Sports Network- USF (3-6, 2-3) @ SMU (0-8, 0-4)

This game will be covered more in depth in the game preview for USF Nation. USF will start true freshmen QB Quinton Flowers for the first time against an abysmal SMU squad pushing last in the FBS in several statistical categories. Weather in Dallas is projected to be cold and rainy for the contest.

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