Around the AAC- Thanksgiving Week

It’s Thanksgiving-Rivalry Week in the American Athletic Conference as the regular season starts to wind down. Five games take place throughout the weekend with major conference title implications on the line for a few teams.

Friday, November 28:

UCF (7-3, 5-1) @ USF (4-7, 3-4)-12:00 PM ET ESPN2:

This will be covered more in the USFnation game preview later. Black Friday will see the renewal of the I-4 Corridor Clash Rivalry as two bitter rivals in Central and South Florida will square off in Raymond James Stadium. Even with a Fiesta Bowl victory in 2013 and an opportunity to defend their conference championship, there’s nothing the Knights would love more than officially change the tide of the rivalry with a 2nd straight victory over USF. Meanwhile, without a bowl game to look forward to this season, all of the Bulls’ focus will be on ruining UCF’s conference title chances and avenging their three point loss in Oviedo last season. The last time this game was played in Raymond James Stadium was 2007, where USF trounced the Knights 64-12.

Houston (6-4, 4-2) @ SMU (0-10, 0-6)-12:00 PM ET CBS Sports Network:

A battle of two Texas teams taking place at high noon on Frida as Houston travels north to face FBS worst SMU. Houston closed out their home schedule with a victory over Tulsa this past week and looks to stay alive in the conference title race this season. As it’s been with several games this season, SMU was on the wrong side of a blowout, this time a 53-7 shellacking at the hands of UCF last Saturday. Time is running out on the Mustangs season, as they try to avoid their first winless campaign since 2003.

East Carolina (7-3, 4-2) @ Tulsa (2-8, 2-5)-8:30 PM ET ESPNU:

A month ago, East Carolina was in the driver’s seat to win the conference. Since then, the Pirates dropped two of their next three games and have fallen to fourth. Bouncing back over Tulane the previous week, Shane Carden and new FBS all time receptions leader Justin Hardy will look to exploit a Tulsa defense ranked 119th in points allowed per game (38.4) on Friday night.

Saturday, November 29:

Cincinnati (7-3, 5-1) @ Temple (5-5. 3-3)-12:00 PM ET ESPNEWS:

Since their October 11th loss at Miami, the Bearcats have been rolling, winners of five straight contests. Their offense has been boosted by the play of Gunner Kiel, who has 27 TDs and is closing in on 3,000 yards. In the same time frame, Temple has struggled down the stretch, losers of four out of their five games. The Owls are fighting to go to their 5th bowl game in school history and first since the 2011 New Mexico Bowl.

Uconn (2-8, 1-5) @ Memphis (8-3, 6-1)-4:00 PM ET ESPNEWS:

Without question the surprise of the AAC has been Memphis, who sit atop the conference standings heading into their final week of action. Third year head coach Justin Fuente has done a superb job of turning a 2013 3-9 squad to the doorstep of a conference championship just one year later. For Husky fans, at least it’s finally basketball season. Uconn is only producing 15.6 points per game, which is not good considering they have to face a challenging Tigers defense.

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