1. Louisville (5-0, 1-0; LW: 1): Louisville made it look effortless against Temple on the road, winning 30-7 behind Teddy Bridgewater's 348 yards and two touchdowns. Bridegwater directed an attack that held the ball for over 34 minutes and gained over 500 total yards. The Louisville defense also shutdown Temple, the Owls to 255 yards and forced turnovers. Bridgewater had the Cardinals up 24-0 at the half, and it was more of a methodical domination than a complete blowout. While Bridgewater said he left a few completions out on the field, he was in total control. Louisville takes on Rutgers at home in a Thursday night matchup this week.
2. UCF (4-1, 1-0; LW: 2): UCF had a little bit of a hangover following its loss to South Carolina, needing two touchdowns in nine seconds late in the fourth quarter to give them a 24-17 come from behind victory over Memphis. The entire UCF offense struggled to get anything going, managing just 270 yards of total offense, but the defense kept UCF in the game by forcing four turnovers and holding Memphis to just 5-of-16 on third downs. UCF will have to get it together offensively, but will have a bye week before its Friday night showdown with Louisville on October 18.
3. Rutgers (4-1, 1-0; LW: 3): Rutgers just barely got by SMU 55-52 after racing out to a 21-0 lead before surrendering 21 points in the fourth quarter, allowing SMU to force overtime. Freshman running back Justin Goodwin accounted for 222 yards and three touchdowns from scrimmage after coming off the bench. Quarterback Gary Nova had five total touchdowns but did have two turnovers including one in the final minute that almost allowed SMU to win the game in regulation. Rutgers has to be happy to escape Dallas with a win, allowing them to now focus on Louisville this Thursday.
4. Houston (4-0, 1-0; LW: 5): Houston is coming off a bye week and a win over UTSA and is 4-0, but the Cougars haven't beaten anyone that impressive so far. The Cougars have another weak test against Memphis this week and quarterback John O' Korn will have an opportunity to put up some numbers against a Memphis team that is struggling. Eventually, we will get to see if Houson is for real or not.
5. SMU (1-4, 0-1; LW: 6): SMU almost pulled the upset at home against Rutgers and did play with some fire this weekend but lost 55-52 in overtime. Garrett Gilbert proved that the offense can finish drives and showed some toughness again while under pressure for most of the day. Gilbert and Jeremy Johnson lit up the Rutgers secondary and willed SMU to overtime, but it wasn't meant to be. The defense needs to improve, but SMU gets another bye week to prepare for lowly Memphis on the road.
6. Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1; LW: 4): The Bearcats spent a difficult bye week grieving, going to redshirt freshman Ben Flick's funeral and could not get the win against USF, falling 26-20. Cincinnati turned the ball over four times during the game and needs more consistency from Brendon Kay, who threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally Cincinnati to within six but could not complete the comeback. Kay also threw two interceptions. Cincinnati has been inconsistent all year and the loss to USF doesn't help. The Bearcats face Temple this week at home Friday night.
7. Memphis (1-3, 0-1; LW: 7): Memphis stuck around until the end in its 24-17 loss against UCF but could not close the game in the final two minutes, allowing UCF to score twice in nine seconds. Paxton Lynch threw for 279 yards in the loss, but also threw two interceptions. Ultimately it was the four turnovers that hurt Memphis the most and something that they will have to correct as they move forward. Memphis faces Houston this weekend on the road.
8. South Florida (1-4, 1-0; LW: 10): Don't let USF's 26-20 win over Cincinnati fool you. This team is still pretty bad. USF managed only 241 yards of total offense and did not score an offensive touchdown. The defense and special teams play is encouraging, but this team is going nowhere this season. Bobby Eveld came in for Steven Bench at quarterback and didn't do that well but played turnover free football. USF will need some production from the offense if they're going to win a few more games because the defense can't carry the team every week. USF faces UCONN this week on the road. The Bulls did find a way to win so they move up.
9. Connecticut (0-4, 0-0; LW: 8): Following a bye week and its coach being fired, UCONN will get a chance to start AAC play on the right note by hosting USF. Connecticut will need some production out of quarterback Chandler Whitmer, who is averaging just over 200 yards per game and just over a touchdown a game. Reeling from a loss to Buffalo before the bye week, it will be up to the players to get UCONN's first win of the year.
10. Temple (0-5, 0-2; LW: 9): Temple was dominated by Louisville 30-7 and will now face Cincinnati, another team reeling both emotionally and physically. Temple even benched junior quarterback Connor Reilly in the second quarter in favor of freshman P.J. Walker, who threw a deep completion right away, but didn't get much else going after that. Walker wasn't terrible, but it will be interesting to see how he fares against USF this week if he gets the start.
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