1. Memphis Tigers (3-0, AAC: N/A; LW: 1)Last week: beat Bowling Green 44-41
Memphis had to come back in the second half to beat Bowling Green in their home opener 44-41, but did so with Paxton Lynch’s 386 yards and three touchdowns, plus kicker Jake Elliot made three field goals and was five for five on extra points. Memphis’ defense held Bowling Green for the final 7:35 of the contest after Elliot made a field goal. It wasn’t pretty and Memphis’ defense needs plenty of work, but for now, they sit at the top of the standings.
This week: hosts Cincinnati on Thursday at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN
2. Temple Owls (3-0, AAC: 1-0; LW: 2)Last week: beat Massachusetts 25-23
Temple edged UMass this weekend on a field goal by Austin Jones with seven seconds left to keep their undefeated streak alive. After a tough, emotional win over Cincinnati, the Owls pulled out the win going into a much-needed bye week. P.J. Walker threw for almost 400 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions. This keeps Temple on the right track, but they’ve got some things to clean up before unseating Memphis at the top.
This week: OFF
3. Houston Cougars (2-0, AAC: N/A; LW: 3)Last week: OFF
Houston got a nicely timed bye week after being Louisville on the road and allows them to regroup before their in-state matchup against Texas State.
This week: hosts Texas State on Saturday at 7 pm CT on ESPN3
4. Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1, AAC: 0-1; LW: 4)Last week: beat Miami (OH) 37-33
Cincinnati bounced back after their loss to Temple with a win on the road against Miami of Ohio. Hayden Moore came in off the bench for an injured Gunner Kiel to score the game winning touchdown with 1:13 to go. Mike Boon contributed 118 yards and a touchdown on just four carries to help the beat up Bearcats before their huge matchup against Memphis on Thursday.
This week: at Memphis on Thursday at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN
5. Navy (2-0, AAC: 1-0; LW: 5)Last week: beat East Carolina 45-21
Welcome to the AAC! Navy got their first conference win by running by the Pirates. Keenan Reynolds needs just seven touchdowns to break Montee Ball’s NCAA career rushing touchdowns mark. Reynolds had 142 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday. Navy does have to get better at pass defense as they gave up over 300 yards from ECU quarterback Blake Kemp.
This week: at Connecticut on Saturday at 11 am CT on CBS Sports Net
6. SMU Mustangs (1-2, AAC: N/A; LW: 6)Last week: lost to TCU 56-37
SMU held their own against the No. 3 team in the country for much of the game. With 20 unanswered points, SMU closed the gap to five, but couldn’t get any closer in the fourth quarter. SMU opened the scoring in this one and had a lot of success against TCU’s secondary and broke their 27-game streak of forcing a turnover. Chad Morris’ squad didn’t collapse when it was done, but instead rallied to make it a game in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs get a bit of a break against an FCS squad, but JMU is 3-0 on the year.
This week: hosts James Madison at 6 pm CT on ESPN3
7. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-1, AAC: N/A; LW 9)Last week: lost to Oklahoma
Tulsa hung with Oklahoma this weekend before losing 52-38. Both teams didn’t play much defense with the offenses racking up 1,376 yards of combined offense. Dane Evans continued to impress with 427 yards passing and four touchdowns. Tulsa didn’t do as good of a job as Oklahoma did on third down, but did force two turnovers on the day. Tulsa’s 773 yards given up to the Sooners sealed their fate though.
This week: OFF
8. East Carolina Pirates (1-2, AAC: 0-1; LW: 8)Last week: lost at Navy 42-21
ECU lost to the Midshipmen in their first AAC game of the year. It wasn’t just Reynolds dominating. Navy as a team ran for 415 yards on the ground and Chris Swain ran all over the Pirates. After an encouraging performance against Florida, ECU took a big step back. Blake Kemp did throw for 325 yards, but once again got little support from his ground game and the Pirates did turn it over twice.
This week: hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday at 2:30 pm CT on ABC
9. South Florida Bulls (1-2, AAC: N/A; LW: 7)Last week: lost to Maryland 35-21
In a game where Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe threw for 297 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions and had three fumbles, USF couldn’t capitalize on the up-and-down performance. USF had some costly mistakes including a dropped touchdown, a penalty that wiped out a touchdown and two turnovers. Quentin Flowers hasn’t gotten it done - throwing for 60 yards and a touchdown and a pick. USF has a long way to go especially on offense.
This week: OFF
10. Connecticut Huskies (2-1, AAC: N/A; LW: 11)Last week: lost at Missouri 9-6
Connecticut hung around in a game that featured turnovers, a safety and little offensive production. Connecticut had a chance to tie the game on the road late, but instead opted for a poorly executed fake field goal. Going into Missouri and playing like that was encouraging for the Huskies, but errors stopped them from getting the win.
This week: hosts Navy at 11 am CT on CBS Sports Net
11. Tulane Green Wave (1-2, AAC: N/A; LW: 12)Last week: beat Maine 38-7
Tulane finally got in the win column with their win over Maine 38-7. Two running backs stood out for the Green Wave. RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, while RB Sherman Badie was the top receiver with five receptions for 118 yards. After Maine opened the scoring, Tulane reeled of 38 unanswered points to grab their first win and head into a bye week now.
This week: OFF
12. UCF Knights (0-3, AAC: N/A; LW: 10)Last week: lost to Furman 16-15
I’m sorry, but the Knights just are falling apart. I thought George O’Leary would be able to right the ship, but now he’s fighting for his job. The hot seat is red hot on O’Leary much to my dismay. The Knights falling to Justin Stepp’s alma mater is embarrassing for UCF, but it is what it is. They’re relegated to the cellar for the foreseeable future.
This week: at South Carolina on Saturday at 11 am CT on ESPNU