1. UCF (9-1, 6-0; LW: 1): UCF crushed Rutgers Thursday night 41-17 after refocusing following a close win over Temple the week before. Blake Bortles was his efficient self, completing over 66 percent of his passes for 335 yards and a touchdown on the ground and through the air. Bortles directed touchdown drives on the Knights' first four possessions, but it was also the defense that shut Rutgers down, holding Paul James to just 20 yards on the ground on 12 carries. UCF faces USF at home this weekend to get one step closer to the AAC championship.
2. Louisville (10-1, 6-1; LW: 2): Teddy Bridgewater and company had their second consecutive lack luster performance but still beat Memphis 24-17. Bridgewater threw for 220 yards and a touchdown in his final home game and the defense was able to hold off a Memphis comeback attempt after having 21-point lead drop to just seven points with over six minutes to go. The Cardinals played mistake free football and were able to contain the Tigers in the fourth to get the win. Louisville has a bye before facing Cincinnati on the road on December 5.
3. Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1; LW: 4): With Brendon Kay's 386 yards and two touchdowns, the Bearcats won their sixth straight game. Hosey Williams also added 84 yards on the ground as Cincinnati piled on 573 total yards to win 24-17 over Houston. Kay did throw two interceptions in the rainy conditions and also fumbled, resulting in a fumble return for a touchdown. Cincinnati was also stopped on the 1-yard line and missed a field goal as well, but it didn't matter for the Bearcats. They face Louisville after a bye week on December 5.
4. Houston (7-4, 4-3; LW: 3): John O'Korn struggled, going 13-of-30 for 171 yards and a touchdown as Houston fell at home 24-17 to Cincinnati. The Cougars were held to just 245 yards of total offense and turned the ball over twice. The Cougars did score the last ten points of the game, but could not complete the comeback. Houston was a miserable 4-of-17 on third downs against the Bearcats. Houston faces SMU at home this Friday.
5. SMU (5-5, 4-2; LW: 5): A pretty tough game to watch for SMU fans not just because of the 16-6 final score over USF but because quarterback Garrett Gilbert went down with an injury late in the first half and did not return. With Neal Burcham in the game, SMU didn't do much offensively, but Burcham did find Der'rikk Thompson on a 35-yard touchdown pass and orchestrated another scoring drive. The SMU defense did a good job against USF's offense, limiting them to 259 total yards and forced two turnovers. SMU heads to Houston this Friday for their rivalry matchup.
6. Rutgers (5-5, 2-4; LW: 6): Rutgers was dominated by UCF in a Thursday night primetime matchup, 41-17, because of terrible effort on offense. The slumping Scarlet Knights will likely get to bow eligibility next week with UConn, but this was an embarrassing loss for Rutgers not because of the loss, but by how bad they lost. Gary Nova continues to struggle, throwing for just 107 yards and an interception. Nova didn't have any help from James either, who ran for just 20 yards. Rutgers has to get it together offensively to help their chances at winning this week against the Huskies.
7. Memphis (3-7, 1-5; LW: 8): Paxton Lynch wasn't able to complete the rally, and the Tigers lost 24-17 to Louisville on the road. Running back Brandon Hayes helped Lynch manage the game, running for over 80 yards but did not score. Lynch had a touchdown on the ground and through the air as he tried to rally Memphis. The defense played well, limiting Teddy Bridgewater to an average day and holding the Cardinals rushing attack to just 122 yards. The Tigers take on Temple next at home.
8. Connecticut (1-9, 1-5; LW: 9): UConn avoided a winless season with its win over Temple 28-21. Casey Cochran tied the game on a 1-yard keeper with 6:52 to play, but that was his only big play of the day, passing for just 111 yards. Linebacker Yawin Smallwood returned a P.J. Walker pass 59 yards for the game-winning score to give the Huskies their first win. UConn faces Rutgers this week.
9. Temple (1-10, 0-7; LW: 7): Even with P.J. Walker's 280 yards passing, the Owls blew a 21-0 halftime lead to UConn, losing 28-21. Temple gave up touchdowns on two fourth and goals. Key penalties killed the Owls including a pass interference call that gave UConn new life on the one-yard line. Temple was shutout in the second half by the Huskies and dropped to 1-10. The Owls face Memphis next.
10. South Florida (2-8, 2-4; LW: 10): South Florida's terrible offensive season continued even with Mike White's 217 yards passing. The Bulls failed to score an offensive touchdown in their 16-6 loss at home to SMU. The Bulls lone big offensive play was a 73-yard catch by Andre Davis from White, but that was about it. The Bulls also committed 13 penalties for 107 yards that held them back as well. USF facse UCF next in an in-state battle.
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