1. Louisville (6-0, 2-0; LW: 1): Teddy Bridgewater proved he's human by throwing for just over 300 yards and two touchdowns but also throwing an interception and fumbling in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were still able to get the 24-10 win over Rutgers, which turned the ball over four times. The defense for Louisville has been impressive this season, ranking first in the country in points against. It was tough for Louisville to handle the Thursday night game and now must get ready for its showdown against UCF at home this Friday. If the Cardinals can beat UCF, it should be smooth sailing towards an undefeated season.
2. UCF (4-1, 1-0; LW: 2): UCF responded to its loss against South Carolina by grinding out a win over Memphis two weeks ago. The Knights spent this past week preparing for their conference showdown with Louisville. UCF must have a solid game from quarterback Blake Bortles to pull off the upset of the Cardinals, who did not play exceptionally well against Rutgers. The Friday matchup should be one for everyone to watch on ESPN. Running back Storm Johnson is averaging 5.2 yards per carry so if UCF can get a running game going, something Rutgers was unable to do, it'll go a long way to upsetting the Cardinals.
3. Rutgers (4-2, 1-1; LW: 3): Rutgers followed up its overtime thriller with SMU with a good game against Louisville, but quarterback Gary Nova was bitten by the turnover bug, throwing four interceptions in the 24-10 loss. Rutgers couldn't get the ball moving on the ground and when Nova would get them going, he'd turn the ball over. Rutgers will also have to get better on third downs, going just 3-of-13. The Scarlet Knights now have a bye week to regroup before facing Houston at home on October 26.
4. Houston (5-0, 2-0; LW: 4): The Cougars forced four turnovers and were able to overcome a slow start to get by Memphis 25-15. John O' Korn threw for 198 yards and a touchdown and Kenneth Farrow ran for two touchdowns to get the win. The Cougars were unable to get much going offensively, only having the ball just 24 minutes. The second half comeback helped avoid a tough loss to the Tigers, but Houston will have to get better to make some noise in conference play.
5. SMU (1-4, 0-1; LW: 5): SMU had a bye week to regroup after the Rutgers loss and prepare for their road matchup against Memphis this week. SMU finally showed some offensive firepower against the Scarlet Knights, but wasn't able to pull out the win. Gilbert's play has to be encouraging, but SMU has still yet to beat an FBS team this season. Expect that to change this week against Memphis, which has held its own the last two weeks, but SMU is the better team here.
6. Cincinnati (4-2, 1-1; LW: 6): Cincinnati got back on the right track after losing to USF last weekend by beating Temple 38-20 at home. Brendon Kay had a great day, passing for 270 yards and completing 31-of-37 passes with two going for scores. Kay directed the Cincy offense to hold the ball for 37 minutes and 475 total yards. The Bearcats defense also held Temple to zero second half points as well, giving them a confidence boost. The Bearcats now play UCONN this week.
7. Memphis (1-4, 0-2; LW: 7): Memphis could not stop turning the ball over and that's what ultimately beat them in their 25-15 loss to Houston. Memphis also kicked five field goals on the day so the Tigers offense will have to convert field goals to touchdowns on the SMU side of the field this week if they want to beat the Mustangs. Memphis was able to control the clock, having the ball for over 33 minutes, but again, turnovers were the problem. Memphis hosts SMU this week.
8. South Florida (2-4, 2-0; LW: 8): The USF Bulls have won two games in a row after starting 0-4. This week's win though came over bottom feeder UCONN on the road 13-10 in a defensive struggle. USF scored a touchdown on defense for the second consecutive week and kicked two more field goals to beat the Huskies. USF still has some serious issues on offense, totaling just 228 yards, but they are finding ways to win, even if it's against some lower level AAC teams. USF now faces Louisville in two weeks after a bye, and I'd be willing to bet that the Bulls will be held again without an offensive touchdown.
9. Connecticut (0-5, 0-1; LW: 9): UCONN matched up against USF this week and was unable to win their first game, falling 13-10 at home. The Huskies moved the ball on the ground well, rushing for over 200 yards, but one key fumble turned the game against them in the end. The Huskies now play Cincinnati on the road and will still be looking for their first win on the year.
10. Temple (0-6, 0-3; LW: 10): Temple started off strong, building a 13-7 first quarter lead, but by the time the first half was over, Temple was down 28-20 and never scored again. Cincinnati beat Temple 38-20 and the Owls continued their losing streak. Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker had a solid day, having close to 250 total yards and two touchdowns but also threw an interception. Temple continues to struggle overall and will now face Army at home this weekend.
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