1. Louisville (4-0, 0-0; LW: 1): Louisville has to feel good going into AAC play after its 72-0 victory over Florida International. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 212 yards and four touchdowns but felt like his team still has to improve. Tough to improve when your team allows just 30 total yards and two first downs. It was the most complete game Louisville has put together this season, and it has to be a momentum booster after a sluggish performance against Kentucky. After a bye week, the Cardinals face Temple on the road.
2. UCF (3-0, 0-0; LW: 2): The game this weekend against South Carolina will show if UCF is for real this season. Led by Blake Bortles at quarterback, the Knights will be able to show just how ready they are to challenge Louisville for the AAC championship. UCF has this game at home with what should be a raucous crowd at Bright House Networks Stadium for the noon start. UCF is coming off a 34-31 win on the road against Penn State but will need to play even better to beat the Gamecocks.
3. Rutgers (3-1, 0-0; LW: 5): I wasn't sold on Rutgers, but they looked like a pretty complete team out there against Arkansas in the second half as they roared back from a 24-7 deficit late in the third quarter to win 28-24. Gary Nova overcame a rough start with two fumbles and an interception to throw for over 250 yards in the fourth quarter to rally his team for the win. The tough part is that running back Paul James will miss at least Rutgers' games against SMU and Louisville. Rutgers get a well-deserved bye week before its matchup on the road against SMU.
4. Cincinnati (3-1, 0-0; LW: 3): With two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Cincinnati was able to break the 0-0 tie and beat Miami of Ohio 14-0 on the road. It was not an encouraging game for the Bearcats, who turned the ball over three times and committed seven penalties. Brendon Kay went 23-of-37 for 171 yards and two interceptions, but did manage to execute a 16-play drive to allow Hosey Williams to score on a 1-yard touchdown run to break the tie. The Bearcats held the ball for over 37 minutes and the defense held Miami of Ohio to just 87 total yards on the day. The Bearcats should get a boost when they face South Florida after a bye week.
5. Houston (3-0, 1-0; LW: 4): Houston had a scare this weekend, barely getting by Rice 31-26 after holding off Rice's attempt at a game winning drive. John O' Korn threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cougars overcome a tough start to the game. Rice controlled the clock by keeping the ball for close to 35 minutes but had two turnovers and had a field goal blocked, which they were not able to overcome. Houston gets UTSA this week on the road, but that shouldn't stop Houston from winning.
6. Connecticut (0-3, 0-0; LW: 7): It could have been a huge win for Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni, but it wasn't meant to be as Michigan scored 17 unanswered points to win 24-21 on the road. The Huskies are now 0-3 for the first time since 2001 and even more heat is on Pasqualoni, who is in his third season. Connecticut stifled Michigan for most of the game, forcing four turnovers and holding them to just 284 total yards, but fell apart in the fourth. Connecticut also lacked any sort of running game, totaling just 47 yards on the ground. Connecticut now faces Buffalo with a chance to get back on the right track. Even with the loss, it has to be a little encouraging for the Huskies.
7. SMU (1-2, 0-0; LW: 6): Things went south pretty quickly for SMU down in College Station as the defense could not contain Johnny Manziel and the offense could not muster any explosive plays. The Mustangs lost 42-13 to Texas A&M and while it could have been worse if Kevin Sumlin didn't take his foot off the gas, SMU was not ready for the Aggies. While SMU had a big game from Keenan Holman, which was a nice surprise, there wasn't much going for the Mustangs. It doesn't get any easier for SMU as the Mustangs head to TCU this weekend for the Battle for the Iron Skillet.
8. Memphis (1-2, 0-0; LW: 9): Memphis got its first win of the season over Arkansas State with a big game from Marquis Warford, who rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown as well as Brandon Hayes, who racked up 114 yards and another touchdown. Memphis held the ball for over 35 minutes and grinded out over 500 yards of offense to the Red Wolves' 255 yards. After Arkansas State scored late in the first quarter, it was all over as Memphis won 31-7. The Tigers have a bye week before facing UCF, which will either be steaming from a loss against South Carolina or be in position to trap UCF if they do beat the Gamecocks.
9. Temple (0-3, 0-1; LW: 8): Temple had a much needed bye week after losing to Fordham and limping to an 0-3 start. The Owls are averaging just 16 points per game, good for 115th in the nation and really just haven't looked great in any of their games. Temple gets another opportunity at their first win of the season on the road against Idaho, another 0-4 team. It will be interesting to see if Connor Reilly can get it going on offense for the Owls this week.
10. South Florida (0-3, 0-0; LW: 10): With USF having a bye this past weekend, you could tell that Willie Taggart is probably going to have to wait a few more weeks for his first win as coach of the Bulls. The Bulls host the 3-0 Miami Hurricanes this weekend and likely will drop that game to fall to 0-4. It is of course a game that could be extremely weird because most of these kids played with or against each other in high school so there are some bragging rights at stake, but let's chalk this up as another loss for USF.
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