1. Louisville (1-0, 0-0; LW: N/A): Louisville picked up right where the Cardinals left off last season behind Teddy Bridgewater's five touchdowns and 355 yards passing. The Cardinals held Ohio to just 273 total yards and held the ball for over 37 minutes in Louisville's 49-7 beat down of he Bobcats. Coming off an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl upset of Florida, Louisville showed why they are the favorites to head back to a BCS bowl as the AAC representative. Louisville faces Eastern Kentucky next week with a short week of preparation to do so since they played Sunday, but that shouldn't be a problem for the Cardinals.
2. UCF (1-0, 0-0; LW: N/A): Senior quarterback Blake Bortles led UCF to a 38-7 victory over Akron this past weekend with a career high 314 yards passing and three touchdowns. There's a lot of optimism about UCF being a dark horse candidate to win the conference and will have a primetime showdown later in the year against Louisville, but for now, Bortles and his running back Storm Johnson, who added 99 yards on the ground, made quick work of Akron. The Knights face Florida International on Friday night on the road.
3. Cincinnati (1-0, 0-0; LW: N/A): Tommy Tuberville's debut as Cincinnati's head coach went very well against Purdue. It was the Boilermakers' worst opening loss in 17 years. The well-balanced Bearcats rushed for 221 yards and had 204 yards through the air. The Bearcats also forced four turnovers on the day and held Purdue to just 4-of-12 on third downs. It was a solid team win for the Bearcats and gives Cincy fans hope that there is life after Butch Jones. Cincinnati heads to Illinois for another non-conference matchup this week.
4. Houston (1-0, 0-0; LW: N/A): Houston didn't have much trouble this weekend against Southern and racked up 627 total yards including 372 yards on the ground in its 62-13 win. David Piland was 15-of-23 for 148 yards and a touchdown before being relieved by John O'Korn, who threw for 107 yards. The Cougars forced four turnovers on the day but did give up 268 yards through the air from Southern, which won time of possession as well. Houston heads to Temple next week to open up their AAC schedule.
5. Rutgers (0-1, 0-0; LW: N/A): Even though SMU beat Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl and Rutgers just lost 52-51 to the Bulldogs, Rutgers is ahead of SMU. Rutgers went for the win instead of kicking the extra point after they scored in the first overtime and Gary Nova's pass tipped off of Brandon Coleman's fingers and that was it. Rutgers had over 500 yards of offense, but couldn't stop Derek Carr, who threw for 456 yards and five touchdowns against Rutgers. Not a bad loss for Rutgers, but this is a game they should have won. Rutgers should get back on the right track with a win over Norfolk State at home this week.
6. Temple (0-1, 0-0; LW: N/A): A 28-6 loss to Notre Dame isn't terrible at all, but what was is the 543 yards of offense given up to the Irish. Temple's offense also has to get it together, but quarterback Connor Reilly did complete 23-of-46 passes for 228 yards against one of the better defenses in college football. Temple also had more first downs than the Irish, which has to show that Temple is not in as bad of shape as people thought. This week, Temple faces Houston at home.
7. SMU (0-1, 0-0; LW: N/A): June Jones' teams just don't start seasons well and the game against Texas Tech, at least in the fourth quarter, was more proof. The 41-23 loss to Texas Tech by way of three unanswered touchdowns by the Red Raiders to start the fourth quarter was a tough one to eat for SMU. The Mustangs gave up 413 yards passing and five touchdowns to true freshman walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield, who may have just stolen the starting job from Michael Brewer. Garrett Gilbert did have a good game under pressure even though the offense failed to throw a touchdown. SMU's secondary and running game will have to get it together for the Mustangs to be successful this season. SMU hosts Montana State this week at Ford Stadium.
8. Memphis (0-0, 0-0; LW: N/A): Memphis didn't open up their season this past weekend, but they do host Duke this coming weekend. Quarterback Jacob Karam should be more improved this season after passing for close to 1,900 yards and 14 touchdowns. Brandon Hayes and Jai Steib will be a good 1-2 punch in the backfield, but Memphis will still be at the bottom of the conference.
9. UCONN (0-1, 0-0; LW: N/A): Towson beat Connecticut 33-18 in very convincing fashion by owning the fourth quarter. Quarterback Chandler Whitmer threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns as well an interception. Overall, Connecticut just didn't do much and losing to an FCS opponent is a rough way for Randy Edsall's team to start. Connecticut faces Maryland at home in two weeks hoping to get back on the right track.
10. South Florida (0-1, 0-0; LW: N/A): One of the more embarrassing losses was South Florida's loss to McNeese State 53-21 in Willie Taggart's debut as coach of the Bulls. The Bulls turned the ball over three times and quarterback Bobby Eveld went 10-of-20 for 137 yards and two touchdowns after replacing Matt Floyd. The Bulls are in worse shape than people thought and will have to improve quickly before heading to Michigan State this weekend.
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