AAC Power Rankings

Here is a look at our AAC power rankings after week eight!

1. UCF (5-1, 2-0; LW: 2): I've said it all year that I am high on Blake Bortles, and he showed everyone why when he orchestrated an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to win the game 38-35 over previously No. 8 Louisville. Bortles and running back Storm Johnson, 178 total yards and two touchdowns starred for the offense, which scored three straight touchdowns after being down 28-7 at one point in the third quarter. The UCF defense had trouble stopping Teddy Bridgewater, but then again so does everyone. This was a phenomenal team win for UCF and puts them in the driver's seat to head to the Orange Bowl. UCF now hosts UCONN, but the team must be on the lookout for a letdown and must come ready to play.

2. Louisville (6-1, 2-1; LW: 1): Teddy Bridgewater was unable to work some magic in the 23 seconds he was given to win the game by UCF and the Cardinals' undefeated hopes died. Bridgewater had a nice game, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns, but the Louisville offense fumbled twice, which led to one UCF touchdown. The defense was giving up just over seven points per game, but now will have to regroup after self-destructing in the second half. Louisville has a chance to rebound on the road against the USF Bulls on Saturday.

3. Rutgers (4-2, 1-1; LW: 3): Rutgers has a bye week to think about its loss to Louisville and will now face Houston at home. The Scarlet Knights will need better play out of Gary Nova, who threw four interceptions in the game against Louisville. Houston has not beaten anyone spectacular and in any impressive way but are more than capable of beating Rutgers. It is still unknown as to whether running back Paul James will be back for the game, but if he is, he'd be a big help to Nova.

4. Houston (5-1, 2-0; LW: 4): The Cougars lost a shoot out, 47-46, to BYU at home this past weekend, even with an inconsistent game from quarterback John O' Korn. O' Korn threw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns but also threw three interceptions including one that led to a touchdown. Houston though has put it all on O' Korn without any sort of rushing attack, just 48 yards. The Houston defense and special teams played well, scoring two touchdowns and forcing a safety. Houston will head to Rutgers this weekend with a chance to remain unbeaten in AAC play.

5. SMU (2-4, 1-1; LW: 5): SMU finally got their first win against an FBS opponent and its first AAC win, beating Memphis 34-29. It took a lot to hold on for SMU though, who allowed Memphis to score four unanswered touchdowns to end the game. Garrett Gilbert had another solid game with 321 yards and two touchdowns and even Traylon Shead, although averaged only 3.8 yards per carry, ran 22 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns. SMU must stop with the turnovers though and the mental errors on special teams if it is going to have a chance this week against Temple at home.

6. Cincinnati (5-2, 2-1; LW: 6): Cincinnati had one of its best games of the year, dismantling UCONN 41-16 at home. Brendon Kay threw for 300 yards, averaging 12.5 yards a completion and four touchdowns. The Bearcats did commit three turnovers, but none from Kay on the day. Cincinnati now has a bye week before facing Memphis on the road.

7. Memphis (1-5, 0-3; LW: 7): Memphis was out of the game at the end of the first half, but managed to climb back into it with two fumble returns for touchdowns and two more scoring drives, but lost 34-29 to SMU. Paxton Lynch got the offense going in the fourth quarter, but otherwise had a average day, averaging 5.5 yards per pass completion. SMU was able to hold Memphis to just 122 total yards on the ground and held Brandon Hayes well below his season averaging carrying the ball. Memphis gets a bye before facing Cincinnati at home.

8. South Florida (2-4, 2-0; LW: 8): USF has had a bye week after their close win over UCONN, but now has to face Louisville at home and they are not going to be a fun bunch to face. Bobby Eveld and Steven Bench have combined for some poor quarterbacking so far this season and will need them to put up a lot of points to beat Louisville this weekend- slim chance of that happening though.

9. Temple (1-6, 0-3; LW: 10): Temple got their first win on the season by beating Army at home 33-14. P.J. Walker threw for just over 200 yards and two touchdowns and Temple built a 26-0 halftime lead before cruising in the second half. Temple forced four Army turnovers and was able to hold them to just 338 yards on offense. Temple heads to SMU this week to face the Mustangs.

10. Connecticut (0-6, 0-2; LW: 9): UCONN got smoked on the road by Cincinnati and wasn't even in the game, losing 41-16. The Huskies had three turnovers and were held to just 56 yards rushing in the game. The Huskies' Tim Boyle did have a nice day throwing the ball, with 310 yards through the air, but also threw three interceptions. UCONN now faces UCF on the road this week.

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