AAC Power Rankings

Here is a look at our AAC power rankings after week one!

1. Louisville (2-0, 0-0; LW: 1): Louisville just kept rolling against Eastern Kentucky in a 44-7 win at home behind Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater's 397 yards and four touchdowns. The Cardinals' defense also played well, narrowly missing a shutout for the second straight week. Louisville held Eastern Kentucky to just 206 total yards and forced two turnovers along with four sacks. The biggest story from this game was Bridgewater trying to wave the punt team off in the middle of the fourth quarter, but head coach Charlie Strong wasn't having it. The Cardinals faces Kentucky next week in a rivalry matchup.

2. UCF (2-0, 0-0; LW: 2): With its 38-0 win over Florida International, UCF has started 2-0 for the first time since 1999. Quarterback Blake Bortles had another strong outing, throwing for 214 yards and a touchdown on just 19 passes in three quarters of play. The UCF defense held FIU to just 173 total yards while averaging 1.1 yards per rush. UCF didn't have to expend much energy, building a 24-0 lead at halftime. UCF faces Penn State next on the road with plenty of momentum going for them.

3. Cincinnati (1-1, 0-0; LW: 3): Cincinnati was unable to rally from a 21-0 deficit on the road, losing to Illinois 45-17. The Bearcats also lost quarterback Munchie Legaux in the fourth quarter to what appears to be a serious leg injury. Legaux was 17-of-31 for 237 yards and a touchdown and will now be replaced by senior Brendon Kay, who went 6-of-11 for 71 yards after Legaux's injury. The Cincinnati defense gave up over 500 yards of offense and allowed the Illini to hold the ball for over 36 minutes. On the bright side, Cincy welcomes Northwestern State to town this week with a bounce back win expected.

4. Houston (2-0, 1-0; LW: 4): Houston grinded out 219 yards on the ground on the road at Temple in the AAC football debut with a 22-13 win. Cougars kicker Richie Leone made five field goals and Ryan Jackson caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from true freshman quarterback John O' Korn that was the difference. Houston did struggle with penalties, with four personal foul calls and even a Cougar being ejected. The poorly timed penalties also prolonged two Temple drives. Houston has a bye week coming up with Rice coming into town on Sept. 21.

5. Rutgers (1-1, 0-0; LW: 5): Behind Paul James' 119 yards and three touchdowns, Rutgers beat Norfolk State 38-0. James has been solid for Rutgers, rushing for 301 yards in their first two games combined. Quarterback Gary Nova had an okay day, throwing for only 150 yards, a touchdown and an interception as well. The Rutgers defense bounced back from giving up 52 points in their season opener by limiting Norfolk State to just 133 yards, Rutgers faces Eastern Michigan at home this week.

6. Temple (0-2, 0-0; LW: 6): After a good game against Notre Dame from Temple, the Owls dropped their first conference game against Houston. Quarterback Connor Reilly had a tough day going 20-of-38 for 200 yards and two interceptions after having a good game against the Irish last week. Temple had the lead at the half 13-9, but never scored again. The Owls couldn't get much going on offense in the second half, having just 105 total yards in the second half. Fordham comes to Temple to take on the Owls this week.

7. SMU (1-1, 0-0; LW: 7): SMU averted a disaster by beating Montana State in the last minute of the game with Garrett Gilbert's 4-yard touchdown pass to Darius Joseph to give the Mustangs a 31-30 win. SMU battled back in the second half after being down 22-19 at halftime. Gilbert had another good day, throwing for 317 yards and a touchdown and Joseph continued to be a nice surprise, totaling 113 yards on 12 receptions. SMU also found the answer at punt returner with JaBryce Taylor, who took a punt back 55 yards as time expired in the first half. SMU has a bye week before it faces Texas A&M on the road.

8. Memphis (0-1, 0-0; LW: 8): Memphis had a little extra time to prepare for Duke since the Tigers had an open week last week, but lost 28-14 at home. After tying the game at 14 early in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils scored two unanswered touchdowns to win. Memphis really struggled in the run game, rushing for just 89 yards. Memphis had a pick-six on the first play of the second quarter, but couldn't capitalize off of two forced fumbles. Duke dominated defensively, holding Memphis to just 237 yards, forcing two turnovers and just 2-of-13 on third downs. Memphis has a lot to clean up before facing Middle Tennessee on the road.

9. UCONN (0-1, 0-0; LW: 9): It was a rough start to the season for Connecticut and coach Paul Pasqualoni, whose team lost 33-18 to Towson over Labor Day weekend. The Huskies had a bye week this past weekend and get to host Maryland with hopes of getting on the right path. It's unlikely the Huskies will win if they play the way they did against Towson. The Huskies must get a ground game going as well as a run defense. Against Towson, UConn gave up 201 yards rushing, while only mustering 84 yards on the ground. Things could get ugly quickly if the Huskies get blown out at home by Maryland.

10. South Florida (0-2, 0-0; LW: 10): Well USF's defense came to play against Michigan State by holding the Spartans to 265 total yards and forced two turnovers. The offense didn't help at all in the 21-6 loss in East Lansing, totaling just 155 yards. Bobby Eveld was a mess, going 6-of-25 for 66 yards and a touchdown. The Bulls were 1-of-13 on third down against the Spartans, but were kept in the game by Michigan State penalties and turnovers. It was 7-6 at halftime, but the Bulls were kept scoreless in the second half as Michigan State scored on a fumble return and an interception return to grab the win. Florida Atlantic comes to town so there could be light at the end of the tunnel this week.

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