1. UCF (6-1, 3-0; LW: 1): The Golden Knights had a bye week to prepare for their primetime matchup at home against Houston in a game that will all, but crown the Knights AAC champions if they can win. UCF has a pretty soft schedule the rest of the way and will just need Blake Bortles to do what he does best, be efficient and make the right reads. Houston's defense is giving up 286 yards per game through the air so watch for Bortles to have a big day in this primetime matchup.
2. Louisville (7-1, 3-1; LW: 2): The Cardinals are still ranked right ahead of UCF at No. 20 in the BCS standings even after losing to them, but the Cardinals don't have to worry about losing a game this week. 0-7 Connecticut hosts Louisville, and it likely won't be pretty on Friday night, with the Cardinals as 28-point favorites. Expect an easy shutout win for Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals on Friday night.
3. Houston (7-1, 4-0; LW: 3): Houston can either make the AAC championship race really clear, or extremely messy this weekend when the Cougars face UCF. The Cougars beat South Florida 35-23 last weekend with John O ‘Korn passing for over 250 yards and three touchdowns. South Florida gave the Cougars a tough time, but Houston took advantage of two Bulls turnovers and 170 yards of penalties to get the win. This week, Houston gets the chance to ruin UCF's season with a primetime matchup Saturday on the road.
4. SMU (3-4, 2-1; LW: 4): The Mustangs are coming off of a bye week, which they did not practice during, but instead lifted weights to prepare for their matchup against Cincinnati. SMU is coming off a win over Temple after a big comeback, but now have to face Cincinnati, a team that is already bowl eligible but hasn't played the competition that SMU has. The Mustangs and Garrett Gilbert bring their fifth ranked passing attack to Cincy, but will have to deal with the seventh ranked pass defense, which is allowing just over 175 yards per game. If Gilbert can continue to build on the momentum he has from the last couple games, SMU could build a big lead on the Bearcats.
5. Rutgers (5-3, 2-2; LW: 5): Rutgers got a scare this weekend, having to score with 35 seconds left to beat Temple 23-20 at home. Gary Nova threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns to will the Scarlet Knights to a big comeback win. Nova was battling going into this week to keep his job so the clutch play will definitely keep him as the starter for at least another week. Rutgers struggled on third down and with penalties all game, plus without a rushing attack that was doing anything, it was all on Nova. Rutgers has a bye before facing Cincy in two weeks.
6. Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1; LW: 6): Behind Brendon Kay's big day of 321 yards passing and a touchdown, Cincy beat Memphis 34-21. Kay was efficient, but the Bearcats defense also stepped up, holding the Tigers to just 232 yards of offense. After Memphis scored the first touchdown, it was pretty much all Cincinnati, building a 21-7 lead by early in the third quarter. Memphis got close in the fourth, but Cincy scored with a little over a minute to go to stretch the lead to 34-21. Cincy will probably be looking to throw the ball around against SMU, whose pass defense has struggled all year. Needless to say, the matchup this weekend could be another high scoring affair.
7. Memphis (1-6, 0-4; LW: 7): Memphis got off to a good start by scoring first but could not keep up with the Bearcats. Paxton Lynch could not get the offense going for the Tigers, throwing for just 140 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Lynch's numbers were also plagued by plenty of dropped balls, which led to the offense stalling out. Memphis faces SMU at home this weekend.
8. Temple (1-8, 0-5; LW: 8): Temple just can't catch a break and dropped another close game after having the lead to Rutgers. P.J. Walker had a nice day, throwing for 203 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions, with Rutgers converting one interception into seven points. Temple is a work in progress of course, but it's nice to see the team showing some fight with their record as bad as it is. Temple has a bye to regroup again before facing UCF on the road.
9. South Florida (2-6, 2-2; LW: 9): South Florida got a little better this week, sticking with the Houston Cougars, but falling on the road 35-23. In his first start, quarterback Mike White threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, being the first Bulls quarterback to really move the offense this season. The offense held the ball for over 38 minutes during the game, something they'll try and build off of as the Bulls move later into the season. The USF defense also forced two turnovers and held Houston to under 100 yards rushing. The Bulls now have a bye week before facing the Memphis Tigers at home.
10. Connecticut (0-7, 0-3; LW: 10): Uconn had a bye to prepare for this week's Friday night matchup against Louisville. It's not going to be a pretty game for the Huskies, who had 62 points hung on them by UCF two weeks ago. Uconn is terrible on offense, ranking 119th in the country in points scored so watch for this one to be one-sided. Uconn takes on SMU after this weekend's game against the Cardinals.
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