1. Louisville (3-0, 0-0; LW: 1): Facing rival Kentucky, Louisville won 27-13 even with Teddy Bridgewater struggling. Bridgewater threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in the win, but running back Senorise Perry gave the Cardinals a nice surprise, rushing for 100 yards on just 11 carries and two touchdowns. Louisville's touchdown right before the half set the tone for the rest of the game, as they rolled up 339 yards in the second half. Louisville's defense also did a solid job, holding Kentucky to 0-for-13 on third downs. The Cardinals have a cupcake this week with Florida International coming to town.
2. UCF (3-0, 0-0; LW: 2): UCF is a dark horse to win the AAC title if it can beat Louisville in a month, and the Knights gave another reason to believe that can happen with their 34-31 win over Penn State on the road. Blake Bortles continued to show why he's one of the top quarterbacks in the AAC, passing for 288 yards and three touchdowns while completing close to 75 percent of his passes. It was the Knights first win over a Big 10 team and did so in convincing fashion in a game that they never trailed in. The Knights have a bye week before hosting South Carolina in another tough non-conference matchup.
3. Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0; LW: 3): Cincinnati rolled up 66 points and 669 yards of offense as the Bearcats walloped Northwestern State 66-9. Brendon Kay was sharp at quarterback, completing 13-of-15 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns. Northwestern State was held to 179 yards by the Cincinnati defense and was never even a threat. This was a good tune-up for the Bearcats road game with Miami of Ohio this week especially after losing quarterback Munchie Legaux to a season ending injury last week.
4. Houston (2-0, 1-0; LW: 4): After beating Temple two weekends ago, Houston had its bye week to prepare for former Conference USA rival Rice. The Cougars host the Owls with a chance to improve to 3-0 on the year. The Cougars can show what they're made of against an Owls team that gave Texas A&M some trouble earlier this year before Johnny Football ran away with that game.
5. Rutgers (2-1, 0-0; LW: 5): On a day when Rutgers honored Eric LeGrand, Paul James led the way with 192 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 28-10 win over Eastern Michigan. With starting quarterback Gary Nova out with a concussion, James continued his great start to the year- he has rushed for 164.3 yards per game thus far. Rutgers run defense showed up, holding Eastern Michigan to just 38 yards on the ground. It was the secondary that struggled though, allowing 335 yards in the air. Arkansas comes to town in a tough matchup for Rutgers this week.
6. SMU (1-1, 0-0; LW: 7): SMU had a bye week and needed all the time they could get to prepare for Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M this week. After watching Manziel shred a Nick Saban defense for 562 total yards, this game could be extremely ugly for the Mustangs. SMU will need its secondary to step up if they have any shot at taking down the Aggies, who aren't happy coming into this game after losing to Alabama this week.
7. Connecticut (0-2, 0-0; LW: 9): Connecticut played Maryland a lot tougher than many thought they would, and that's why they rise in the rankings, but still lost 33-21 at home. The Huskies running game was non-existent, totaling just 34 yards on the ground but had a big game from quarterback Chandler Whitmer, who threw for 349 yards and a touchdown. Whitmer did throw two interceptions and had a costly intentional grounding penalty in the end zone that put the game out of reach for the Huskies. It doesn't get easier for the Huskies, as they welcome Michigan to town this week.
8. Temple (0-3, 0-0; LW: 6): Fordham shocked Temple 30-29 this past weekend for its first win over an FBS opponent since 1970. It hasn't been since 2007 that Temple has started a year 0-3 and a team that some thought could be a good mid-level AAC team is now spiraling out of control it seems. Temple gave up 520 yards at home and had an equally tough time on offense, gaining just 385 yards. Temple let Fordham score with four seconds left to complete the upset and even worse, Temple's quarterback Connor Reily is struggling with a bone bruise. The Owls' bye week comes at a good time, and they face Idaho in two weeks on the road.
9. Memphis (0-2, 0-0; LW: 8): Memphis had a sloppy game on the road against Middle Tennessee, and it resulted in a 17-15 loss on a late field goal. Memphis committed 15 penalties and had two turnovers in the loss. Quarterback Paxton Lynch managed just 170 yards through the air and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions. Memphis controlled the clock, holding the ball for over 34 minutes, but went 8-of-20 on third downs. It's a tough loss for the Tigers, who host Arkansas State this week and could see themselves fall to 0-3 on the year.
10. South Florida (0-3, 0-0; LW: 10): The wheels have just completely fallen off for the Bulls, losing to Florida Atlantic 28-10 at home. FAU took a fumble and an interception back for touchdowns as quarterback Bobby Eveld was replaced by Steven Bench, who didn't fair much better, throwing for just 128 yards and completed just 34 percent of his passes. Bench will likely be the third quarterback in four games to start for the Bulls next game against Miami after the Bulls have their bye week this week.
AAC Power Rankings
Pony Stampede Top Stories
Game Preview: SMU vs. TempleScott previews SMU's road matchup against Temple to open AAC play on Saturday on ESPNews.
Pony Stampede9:35 AM
Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. TempleDemo breaks down five players to watch for SMU against Temple on Saturday.
Pony StampedeYesterday at 2:24 PM
Pony Stampede Podcast Sept. 28Come inside another edition of the Pony Stampede Podcast for the latest on the SMU hoops team and a TCU game breakdown.
Pony StampedeTuesday at 10:59 PM
2018 offensive lineman has SMU near the topBilly talked with 2018 Highland Park (Tex.) offensive lineman Thomas Shelmire about his recent SMU visit and recruitment.
Pony StampedeTuesday at 9:00 AM
FREE Pony Stampede Hilltop Review: Sept. 23Come inside this free edition of the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with the latest on SMU commits and visitors from last week's win over Liberty.
Pony StampedeFriday at 6:00 AM