1. UCF (8-1, 5-0; LW: 1): UCF survived against Temple 39-36 on the road to keep their BCS game hopes alive. UCF scored 10 points in the final 1:06 of the ball game to survive the scare. Blake Bortles threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns and was key to getting the Knights to comeback for the fourth time this season. The big problem was the pass defense, which gave up over 350 yards passing to P.J. Walker and the third down defense, allowing Temple to convert 9-of-15 third downs. UCF hosts Rutgers this Thursday in a primetime matchup.
2. Louisville (9-1, 5-1; LW: 2): With Teddy Bridgewater struggling, the Cardinals had to turn to Dominique Brown to make plays and boy did he, rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Brown powered Louisville to a second half comeback and helped completely take the wind out of the sails of Houston's ship. The defense held the Cougars to just 195 total yards and forced them to hold the ball for just over 22 minutes. The Cardinals host the Memphis Tigers this weekend for a tune up before their matchup with Cincinnati.
3. Houston (8-2, 5-1; LW: 3): Houston was held scoreless in the second half and Louisville was able to comeback and beat the Cougars 20-13 this weekend. While Houston was able to hold Teddy Bridgewater to just over 200 yards passing, it could not contain Dominique Brown, who rushed for over 130 yards and two touchdowns on the day. John O ‘Korn was also extremely average, throwing for just over 120 yards and zero touchdowns. This was definitely a defensive struggle and showed how close Houston is to Louisville in reality. The Cougars host Cincy this weekend.
4. Cincinnati (8-2, 5-1; LW: 4): Cincinnati is starting to flex its muscles a little bit, winning big 52-17 on the road against Rutgers. Brendon Kay totaled over 400 yards passing and orchestrated an offense that ended up totaling over 600 yards all together. The offense did turn the ball over twice, but the defense tore apart the Rutgers offense, chasing Gary Nova eventually for Chas Dodd, who didn't fair any better. Rutgers was able to gain just over 350 yards of offense, nothing compared to Cincy, who is rolling into its matchup with Houston on the road this Saturday.
5. SMU (4-5, 3-2; LW: 6): UConn gave SMU some problems but were ultimately dispatched 38-21 because of SMU's ability to answer any scoring drive from the Huskies. Garrett Gilbert continued his solid play, throwing for over 350 yards and four touchdowns. What was even better was that Keenan Holman and Der'rikk Thompson were SMU's leading receivers. SMU has had trouble getting the outside receivers going at some points this season, but heading into two tough games after this week, it was nice to see them get some momentum. SMU faces USF on the road this weekend on Saturday night in Tampa.
6. Rutgers (5-4, 2-3; LW: 5): A truly embarrassing loss at home for the Scarlet Knights as Rutgers lost 52-17 to Cincinnati with Brendon Kay torching the Rutgers' defense for over 400 yards passing. It was Paul James' first game back since his injury and he ran for 78 yards on 19 carries but did not get any help from quarterback Gary Nova, who threw for 170 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Rutgers lost its third game in its last four and now heads to UCF in what will likely be a beatdown with the way they have been playing.
7. Temple (1-9, 0-6; LW: 10): Even though Temple lost 39-36, it was to UCF, the top dog in the AAC and the Owls have to be encouraged that P.J. Walker was able to throw for 382 yards and four touchdowns. The Owls' defense though could not hold onto the lead for Temple, allowing Bortles to orchestrate two scoring drives in the last 1:06 to win the game. The defense gave up over 650 yards and allowed the Knights to keep the ball for over 33 minutes. The defense did limit UCF to 5-of-13 on third downs, but other than that, it was a pitiful performance from the Owls' defense. The Owls host UConn this weekend.
8. Memphis (3-6, 1-4; LW: 7): Memphis built on a 6-0 lead at half to win 23-10 against USF. The contest was never in doubt, as it was 23-3 at one point thanks to Brandon Hayes and Doroland Dorceus, who combined for 129 yards and a touchdown. Paxton Lynch was no help, as he threw for just 59 yards and zero touchdowns and an interception. Memphis heads to Louisville this weekend in a tough matchup.
9. Connecticut (0-9, 0-5; LW: 8): UConn battled the best they could against SMU but ultimately fell to continue their winless ways, but there were some positives. Lyle McCombs and Max Lorenzo combined for 168 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Casey Cochran also showed some promise, throwing for 227 yards but also threw two costly interceptions. UConn heads to Temple to face the Owls with a real shot at getting its first win of the season.
10. South Florida (2-7, 2-3; LW: 9): Mike White had another tough day, throwing for under 200 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions as USF lost 23-10 to Memphis. The INTs were four of five total turnovers as the Bulls continued to struggle. Not once all year have the Bulls looked really competitive and while they have a couple conference wins, the team is just terrible. South Florida hosts SMU with their minds on upsetting the inconsistent Mustangs.
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