AAC Power Rankings

Here is a look at our AAC power rankings after week 14!

1. UCF (10-1, 7-0; LW: 1): The Golden Knights did not look like anything special this past weekend against one of the worst team in the AAC, but snuck by the USF Bulls, 23-20, thanks to an interception that ended USF's chances of the upset. Blake Bortles had an average day, throwing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. UCF had five total turnovers on the day and was a miserable 1-of-9 on third down. UCF ends its regular season at SMU on Saturday at 11 a.m. with its last hurdle to a BCS bowl in front of it.

2. Louisville (10-1, 6-1; LW: 2): After being off last week, all Louisville can do is win and hope for the best at this point. The Cardinals head to face Cincinnati on Thursday in a primetime matchup that could determine if the Cardinals have any shot at all in making a BCS bowl if UCF was to lose to SMU. Look for Teddy Bridgewater to play his heart out with hopes of a BCS miracle.

3. Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1; LW: 3): Cincinnati also was off this week to prepare for its matchup against the Cardinals. Quarterback Brendon Kay will have to be the start at home if the Bearcats have a shot at upsetting the Cardinals. I hated on Cincinnati long enough in these rankings for not beating anybody, but I have a feeling it will be another crazy weekend in college football, and this game serves as the appetizer.

4. Houston (8-4, 5-3; LW: 4): The Cougars embarrassed SMU this weekend 34-0 in Reliant Stadium. Houston's John O'Korn put together a solid overall game despite two interceptions to throw for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars forced four SMU turnovers and shut June Jones out for the first time in his career to get to 8-4 on the year. That does it for Houston in its first season in the AAC so the Cougars now await their bowl assignment after finishing with a strong win over SMU.

5. SMU (5-6, 4-3; LW: 5): SMU didn't do anything right really besides force two John O'Korn interceptions in its 34-0 loss on the road Saturday afternoon. Neal Burcham struggled most of the day, throwing three interceptions but was able to move the offense on occasion. Prescott Line did breakout a little bit for SMU, rushing for 81 yards on 17 carries, good for over 4.5 yards per carry. SMU was a terrible 4-of-20 on third down conversions though and committed 10 penalties for 90 yards. SMU faces AAC leader UCF at home Saturday at 11 a.m.

6. Connecticut (2-9, 2-5; LW: 8): UConn won its second game in a row, beating Rutgers 28-17 at home behind Casey Cochran's 311 yards and two touchdowns. The two regional rivals were facing each other for the last scheduled time due to Rutgers heading to the Big 10 and UConn made sure the Scarlet Knights were left with a bad taste in their mouth. With Cochran's mistake free football, the defense was able to shutdown Paul James, holding him to just 49 yards on the day. UConn now turns its attention to its home game against Memphis this week.

7. Temple (2-10, 1-7; LW: 9): The Owls finished strong in their last game of the year, defeating Memphis 41-21 thanks to P.J. Walker's 328 yards and four touchdowns. Walker has developed nicely since being named the starter and that has to give Temple fans something to be happy about after a long 2-10 season. Sophomore Jamie Gilmore also ran for 92 yards on 16 carries, possibly giving the Owls a good 1-2 punch heading into next year.

8. Rutgers (5-6, 2-5; LW: 6): Rutgers continued its struggles, losing its third game in a row, this time to AAC bottom feeder UConn 28-17 on the road. With three turnovers on the day, including two interceptions by quarterback Chas Dodd, Rutgers was down 14-10 at the half. Rutgers did score in the third quarter to go up 17-14, but were shutout the rest of the way. Third downs also plagued the Scarlet Knights, going 4-of-14 on the day. Rutgers will now host USF with hopes of getting to bowl eligibility still in sight.

9. Memphis (3-8, 1-6; LW: 7): Memphis dropped its second straight game, losing 41-21 to Temple at home. The Tigers were limited to just 228 total yards, a turnover and held the ball for just over 24 minutes. Paxton Lynch did complete over 60 percent of his passes and threw a touchdown, but there wasn't much else going for the Tigers. The defense gave up over 500 yards and 23 first downs to the Owls who were in control much of the game. Memphis now heads to UConn for its last game of the season.

10. South Florida (2-9, 2-5; LW: 10): USF held a 20-16 lead over UCF until 4:50 to go in the game when Bortles threw a touchdown pass to go ahead, to show some fight even through the rough season. USF could have laid down but kept fighting until freshman Mike White's pass was intercepted by UCF, ending the chance of a comeback. USF's defense had a bend, but not break mentality, forcing five turnovers, but penalties killed the Bulls to the tune of 11 for 89 yards. USF heads to Rutgers for its chilly Saturday night matchup to finish its season.

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