1. UCF (6-1, 3-0; LW: 1): There was no letdown for the Knights after their win over Louisville. UCF handed Uconn 62-17 at home behind Blake Bortles' 286 yards and four touchdowns. Bortles was an efficient 20-of-24 on the day and led scoring drives on their first nine possessions. The defense limited the Huskies to just 233 total yards and forced four turnovers on the day. The Knights have a bye week before taking on Houston at home in a matchup of what should be undefeated teams in conference.
2. Louisville (7-1, 3-1; LW: 2): After stumbling against UCF last week, Louisville had a solid performance against USF, which was held without an offensive touchdown for the third straight game. Louisville won 34-3 on the road behind Bridgewater's 344 yards and three touchdowns. The Cardinals defense held the Bulls offense to 133 yards and just one of nine on third downs. Bridgewater directed an attack that held the ball for over 41 minutes, which allowed Louisville to methodically dominate USF.
3. Houston (6-1, 3-0; LW: 4): Houston dominated Rutgers on the road, 49-14, in a big win for the Cougars behind John O'Korn's 364 yards passing and five touchdowns. The Cougars had their way with the Rutgers defense, racking up 611 total yards on offense. The Cougars also rushed for 211 yards, but committed 11 penalties for 100 yards on the day. The Cougars intercepted Gary Nova three times and also forced three fumbles. This week, Houston has a short week but is lucky to be hosting USF on Thursday night.
4. SMU (3-4, 2-1; LW: 5): SMU overcame a tough start against Temple to win 59-49 with Garrett Gilbert's record setting day. Gilbert threw for 538 yards and four touchdowns and also added close to 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Mustangs were without Jeremy Johnson and Traylon Shead for most of the game, making Gilbert's day that much more impressive. SMU struggled in pass defense again though, allowing P.J. Walker to throw for 293 yards and four touchdowns. SMU faces Cincinnati on the road after a bye week.
5. Rutgers (4-3, 1-2; LW: 3): Rutgers had a huge letdown, losing 49-14 to Houston at home and a big reason why was Gary Nova's subpar day, throwing for just 138 yards and three interceptions. The Scarlet Knights' offense turned the ball over six times and that ultimately did them in. The defense did not have an answer for John O'Korn either, allowing over 400 yards passing from the Cougars. Rutgers has a chance to get on track with Temple up next this weekend.
6. Cincinnati (5-2, 2-1; LW: 6): Cincinnati has had a week to prepare for Memphis after its win over Connecticut. Brendon Kay is coming off of a 300-yard passing game for the Bearcats and can only improve from here on out. Their game against Memphis should be a tune up game for their matchup against SMU that could determine how the rest of their first season in the AAC goes.
7. Memphis (1-5, 0-3; LW: 7): Memphis had a bye week following its loss to SMU and will now face Cincinnati at home with a chance to get its first conference win. The Memphis defense has been doing well, allowing 22.5 points per game, but the offense ranks 108th in the country in scoring, which doesn't help. Paxton Lynch will have to do a better job managing the offense if the Tigers are going to beat Cincy, which has seen a steady improvement with Brendon Kay running the show.
8. Temple (1-7, 0-4; LW: 9): Temple may have lost to SMU 59-49, but P.J. Walker continued his improvement, throwing for 293 yards and four touchdowns. The Owls also rushed for over 200 yards on the day against the SMU defense. Offensively, Temple has improved over the course of the last few games and that has to give them some positives to look at, but the Owls are still a team that is near the bottom of the AAC and will stay there if they cannot put together a complete game on both sides of the ball. They now face Rutgers this week, and it will be another tough game if their defense cannot get it together.
9. South Florida (2-5, 2-1; LW: 8): The Bulls continued their terrible offense's ways against Louisville, losing 34-3. 133 total yards and two turnovers while holding the ball for just 18 minutes, USF had no answer for what the Cardinals were doing on defense. USF will also start its fourth quarterback of the season next week after putting in freshman Mike White towards the end of the game. USF will face Houston on the road Thursday night and will have another chance to get some momentum for the end of the season.
10. Connecticut (0-7, 0-3; LW: 10): With three first half turnovers, Uconn dug itself in a 45-10 hole at the half and eventually lost 62-17 to UCF. The passing tandem of Casey Cochran and Tim Boyle for the Huskies just did not get it done, passing for 143 yards combined, one touchdown and two interceptions. Cochran and Boyle also had QBRs of 37.3 and 7.2 respectively. The Huskies are in pretty bad shape and a winless season isn't out of the question. UCF is the best team in the conference so the loss isn't surprising, but it'd be nice to see Uconn improve a little bit. It doesn't get easier next game for the Huskies after their bye week. Louisville is up next.
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