1. Louisville (4-0, 0-0; LW: 1): Louisville had a bye this past week, allowing them to prepare for their road game against lowly Temple. Louisville is allowing the least amount of points in the country, while scoring the eighth most points per game so far this season. After Temple, Louisville has their two toughest tests of the season against Rutgers and UCF and if the Cardinals can get by these opponents, it should be smooth sailing to an undefeated season.
2. UCF (3-1, 0-0; LW: 2): UCF's shot at an undefeated season ended against South Carolina this weekend at home, losing 28-25. UCF had another good game from Blake Bortles, throwing for 358 yards and two touchdowns but had two interceptions and a fumble. South Carolina wasn't able to convert those turnovers into points, but they were a big difference in South Carolina getting enough momentum to win. Bortles almost led UCF to a comeback, but South Carolina recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock. UCF also didn't have an answer for South Carolina tailback Mike Davis, who ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns. UCF must now regroup and get ready for Memphis this week.
3. Rutgers (3-1, 0-0; LW: 5): Rutgers had a bye week to prepare for SMU and its first AAC game after beating Arkansas. Gary Nova is quietly becoming more of a factor for Rutgers, and he will have to be with tailback Paul James out against SMU. Savon Huggins will have to step up with James absent, but hasn't been able to get much going, running for just 21 yards against Arkansas. SMU and Rutgers kickoff at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Ford Stadium.
4. Cincinnati (3-1, 0-0; LW: 3): Cincinnati had a bye week this past weekend to give them extra time to prepare for South Florida, which is quickly becoming the conference bottom feeder. Cincinnati will have to have better play from quarterback Brendon Kay, who threw for 171 yards and two interceptions against Miami of Ohio in its 14-0 win. The Bearcats' defense, which is allowing just 15.3 points per game, shouldn't have too much trouble with the struggling USF offense. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET at South Florida.
5. Houston (4-0, 1-0; LW: 4): UT-San Antonio gave Houston quite a game for the first half, but Houston pulled away in the second half behind John O' Korn's 300-yard, four touchdown performance to win 59-28. Houston gave up 493 yards to the Roadrunners, but forced five turnovers in the game, all in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. UTSA kept up with the Cougars offensively for most of the game, but that may say a lot about the Houston defense rather than the Roadrunners offense. Houston has a bye before facing Memphis at home on October 12.
6. SMU (1-3, 0-0; LW: 7): It was a complete fourth quarter collapse for SMU, which entered the final stanza down 17-10, but TCU scored 31 points to win 48-17. It was another loss that saw SMU look overmatched and outcoached. The hot seat has to be getting a little warm for SMU head coach June Jones. A few more losses like that and it really could be the end of the June Jones era. This week, SMU hosts Rutgers, which is coming in with a lot of momentum.
7. Memphis (1-2, 0-0; LW: 8): Memphis had a bye after beating Arkansas State the week before and gets to face UCF at home, which will be steaming following their loss to South Carolina. The Tigers got their ground game going with over 300 yards rushing against Arkansas State, but they will have to score plenty of points to beat UCF. UCF's defense should have no problem holding the 103rd ranked team in scoring to a low number and dropping the Tigers to 1-3 on the year.
8. Connecticut (0-4, 0-0; LW: 7): The loss to Buffalo 41-12 on the road was the straw that broke the camel's back. That camel being now former Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired following the loss. UConn turned the ball over four times and was never in the game. The Huskies' 121st ranked rushing attack never got anything going, rushing for 27 yards on 39 attempts. Now faced with moving forward without their head coach, the Huskies must face USF at home in two weeks after a bye week.
9. Temple (0-4, 0-1; LW: 8): Temple has had it rough this year and with its loss to Idaho on the road, 26-24, the team dropped to 0-4. The Owls didn't give up, climbing within two points after being down by as many as 14 at some points in the game, but couldn't beat Idaho. There were no turnovers or a huge amount of penalties, but Temple went 4-of-16 on third downs, while Idaho converted 8-of-18. These were two pretty bad teams, but Louisville coming to town will likely make Temple look like a terrible team.
10. South Florida (0-4, 0-0; LW: 10): It was 49-7 Miami before the fourth quarter so don't pay much attention to USF getting two more touchdowns in garbage time. The Hurricanes 49-21 win was another embarrassing loss for Willie Taggart and company, who are ranked 121st in scoring in the country. USF was down 35-7 at the half and the stadium quickly emptied. What was thought to be a team that could make some noise has quickly become the laughing stock of the AAC. And itoesn't get easier with a matchup against Cincinnati next week.
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