Matt Visinsky

American Athletic Conference Football Power Rankings: Week 10

Billy has your week 10 American Athletic Conference power rankings. See where SMU landed after last week.

1. Memphis Tigers (8-0, AAC: 4-0; LW: 1)

Last week: beat Tulane 41-13

After a slow start that saw the Tigers fall behind 13-0, Memphis scored 41 unanswered points. Memphis racked up 581 total yards, 32 first downs, and didn’t turn the ball over, but did commit 106 yards of penalties. Paxton Lynch threw for 343 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers also ran for over 200 yards on the game. It ended up being another easy win for the Tigers as they face the Midshipmen this week.

This week: hosts Navy on Sat., Nov. 7 at 6 pm CT on ESPN2

2. Houston Cougars (8-0, AAC: 4-0; LW: 2)

Last week: beat Vanderbilt 34-0

Houston came out and put it on Vanderbilt this past weekend with a defense not allowing Vanderbilt to cross midfield in the first half. Greg Ward, Jr. had a rushing and passing touchdown early in the game while the defense forced four turnovers. Houston held Vanderbilt to 185 total yards and 3-for-14 on third downs. Houston is getting closer to really making a push for a playoff berth, but will have to beat Cincy before a showdown with Memphis. 

This week: hosts Cincinnati on Sat., Nov. 7 at 2:30 pm CT on ESPN2

3. Temple Owls (7-1, AAC: 4-0; LW: 3)

Last week: lost to Notre Dame 24-20

Temple couldn’t extend its winning streak to nine games, falling short against Notre Dame at home to an Irish rally. Tyler Matakevich had a huge game on a national stage with 13 tackles and an interception while the Temple defense really held Notre Dame in check most of the night. 

This week: at SMU on Fri., Nov. 6 at 7 pm CT on ESPN2

4. Navy Midshipmen (6-1, AAC: 4-0; LW: 4)

Last week: beat USF 29-17

Keenan Reynolds tied the NCAA career mark for rushing touchdowns in the Midshipmen’s win over USF after rushing for 117 yards. Reynolds, Dishpan Romine and Chris Swain all were over 100 yards on the day — a first in Navy football history. Navy gave up a touchdown on the opening kick, but allowed just a touchdown from USF the rest of the way. Navy scored 13 unanswered points to erase a 17-16 deficit in the game. Solid win against a Bulls team that was gaining confidence over the last few weeks.

This week: at Memphis on Sat., Nov. 7 at 6 pm CT on ESPN2

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (5-3, AAC: 2-2; LW: 5)

Last week: beat UCF 52-7

Gunner Kiel, the AAC Offensive Player of the Week, completed all 15 of his passes for 319 yards and five touchdowns. Hayden Moore also played for Cincinnati and was 11-for-15 for 154 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The quarterback spot at Cincy is certainly still up for grabs, but this was what you’d like to see as far as an offense goes. Cincy allowed over 300 yards from the UCF offense and Moore threw an interception, but the outcome was never in doubt.

This week: at Houston on Sat., Nov. 7 at 2:30 pm CT on ESPN2

6. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-4, AAC: 1-3; LW 6)

Last week: beat SMU 40-31

Tulsa earned their first AAC win of the year over SMU by stopping an SMU comeback on the road. It wasn’t as explosive as a win as some thought it might be. SMU managed to keep Tulsa’s offense somewhat in check, but the Golden Hurricane forced two turnovers and scored when it really needed to. Tulsa’s defense also held SMU to just 84 yards on the ground on 32 carries while rushing for 179 yards. Tulsa gets what should be an easy task this week against UCF.

This week: hosts UCF on Sat., Nov. 7 at 11 am CT on ESPNews

7. Connecticut Huskies (4-5, AAC: 2-3; LW: 9)

Last week: beat East Carolina 31-13

Ariel Newsome led the way on the ground with 179 yards and two touchdowns to get Connecticut the win over ECU. Bryant Shirreffs was also efficient with 184 yards passing and two total touchdowns. The Huskies took advantage of a ECU team on a bit of a slide to get them two wins away from bowl eligibility. It doesn’t come easy. After Tulane, UConn faces Houston and Temple.

This week: at Tulane on Sat., Nov. 7 at 3 pm CT on ESPNews

8. East Carolina Pirates (4-5, AAC: 2-3; LW: 7)

Last week: lost to Connecticut 31-13

The Pirates went on the road and fell flat on their faces against Connecticut. The score was 24-6 at the end of the third quarter before Blake Kemp drew it close to 24-13, but Connecticut answered with a touchdown to put it out of reach. The Pirates threw four interceptions on the day and threw for 137 total yards between Kemp and James Summers. This was not at all what the doctor ordered for the Pirates, who slipped to 2-3 in AAC play.

This week: hosts USF on Sat., Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm CT on CBS Sports Net

9. South Florida Bulls (4-4, AAC: 2-2; LW: 8)

Last week: lost to Navy 29-17

The Bulls missed two field goals and fumbled the ball twice against Navy and couldn’t pull off a comeback on the road. The Bulls didn’t get much going on offense while the Midshipmen piled up over 400 yards on the ground. The Bulls had only nine first downs and 270 yards of total offense. That won’t win football games especially against a ball control offense like Navy. The Bulls regroup against an ECU team that will be doing the same.

This week: at East Carolina on Sat., Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm CT on CBS Sports Net

10. Tulane Green Wave (2-6, AAC: 1-4; LW: 10)

Last week: lost to Memphis 41-13

Tulane had it going a bit in the first half, trailing just 15-13 at the half after getting ahead 13-0 early. Dontrell Hilliard ran for two scores in the first quarter and 45 seconds, but the Green Wave went quiet after that. It was a pretty clean game from Tulane, but they couldn’t finish drives and twice missed fourth down conversion opportunities. Jordy Joseph threw for just 131 yards as Hilliard and a few Tulane backs added 139 total yards on the ground. It was an encouraging start, but Tulane didn’t put together the full game.

This week: hosts Connecticut on Sat., Nov. 7 at 3 pm CT on ESPNews

11. SMU Mustangs (1-7, AAC: 0-4; LW: 11)

Last week: lost to Tulsa 40-31

The defining time during SMU’s loss to Tulsa was ultimately the final 1:12 when SMU allowed Tulsa to go up 23-21 at the half with a quick score after SMU had just scored. While the team didn’t fall apart in the second half, Tulsa built a 30-21 lead and SMU was chasing them the entire second half. The team closed the gap to 33-31 after Cortland Sutton’s second TD catch, but allowed another Tulsa score and couldn’t muster much in the final 10:08. Defensively, the team played better than expected against Tulsa’s high-flying offense, but a lack of another complete game leaves SMU near the bottom again.

This week: hosts Temple on Fri., Nov. 6 at 7 pm CT on ESPN2

12. UCF Knights (0-9, AAC: 0-5; LW: 12)

Last week: lost to Cincinnati 52-7

UCF got destroyed by Gunner Kiel and Cincinnati, who didn’t allow a touchdown until the fourth quarter when it was 52-0. UCF missed two field goals and Justin Holman completed 12 of 23 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. The UCF team, playing its first game under interim coach Danny Barrett, was certainly out of sorts. Things aren’t in good shape in Orlando.

This week: at Tulsa on Sat., Nov. 7 at 11 am CT on ESPNews

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