Matt Visinsky

American Athletic Conference Power Rankings: Week 11

Billy breaks down the American Athletic Conference after Week 11.

1. Houston Cougars (10-0, AAC: 6-0; LW: 1)

Last week: beat Memphis 35-34
The Cougars didn’t pay attention to this massive comeback they needed to make, but instead jumped themselves up in the polls to the Top 15 with their win over Memphis. Greg Ward, Jr. got hurt before halftime, but Kyle Postma came in and rallied the Cougars to the win. Postma scored with 1:27 to go capped the nine-play, 77-yard drive to give Houston the lead. This week, Houston has to refocus with a long trip to Connecticut looming. 
This week: at UConn on Sat., Nov. 21 at 2:30 pm CT on ESPNU

2. Navy (8-1, AAC: 6-0; LW: 2)

Last week: beat SMU 55-14
Navy smacked SMU on senior day in Annapolis. The Midshipmen rushed for over 400 yards and maybe SMU look lost most of the afternoon. Navy controlled the clock and when they needed to convert fourth downs, they converted to keep drives alive. The Navy defense picked off two SMU passes and held SMU to just 268 total yards of offense. After a big win over Memphis, Navy didn’t have a letdown and now has to beat Tulsa before facing AAC’s undefeated team, Houston.
This week: at Tulsa on Sat., Nov. 21 at 6 pm CT

3. Memphis Tigers (8-2, AAC: 4-2; LW: 3)

Last week: lost to Houston 35-34
Back-to-back losses for Memphis all of the sudden leave them not only on the outside of the College Football Playoff, but outside of the inaugural AAC championship game. The loss hurts even more as Memphis was up 20-0 on the Cougars.
This week: at Temple on Sat., Nov. 21 at 11 am CT on ESPNU

4. Temple Owls (8-2, AAC: 5-1; LW: 4)

Last week: lost to USF 44-23
“Ouch town. Population you bro!” That’s what Pepper Brooks would say to Temple. Lose to Notre Dame, beat SMU, then drop a game to USF to put your east division crown in jeopardy. It doesn’t get easier for Temple. Luckily, Temple vs. Memphis should be a pretty good matchup. Memphis wins and USF is in the driver’s seat for the division. P.J. Walker has to step up and in a big way or the great start might be all for not.
This week: hosts Memphis on Sat., Nov. 21 at 11 am CT on ESPNU

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-4, AAC: 3-3; LW: 5)

Last week: beat Tulsa 49-38
The Bearcats took care of business against the Golden Hurricane this past week. Gunner Kiel threw for 386 yards and pulled away late to beat Tulsa. Dane Evans was allowed throw for 375 yards and statistically, the Bearcats defense played just okay, but made the stops at the right times and the offense scored at the right times to get the win.
This week: at USF on Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 pm CT on CBS

6. South Florida Bulls (6-4, AAC: 4-2; LW: 8)

Last week: beat Temple 44-23
It was the Marlon Mack show as the Bulls beat Temple to drop their first AAC game of the year. If Temple is beat again, USF will control their own destiny in the east. After it not looking so great earlier this year, Willie Taggart has the Bulls bowl eligible. Mack rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns while adding another receiving touchdown in their win.
This week: hosts Cincinnati on Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 pm CT on CBS

7. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-5, AAC: 2-4; LW 6)

Last week: lost to Cincinnati 49-38
First, Cincy comes in and throws it around the lot on Tulsa and now Tulsa has to have Navy come in and grind it out. Tulsa’s bowl eligibility hopes are held together by a game to end the season with Tulane, but I wouldn’t be excited for this one if I was Tulsa. Navy smells the blood in the water.
This week: hosts Navy on Sat., Nov. 21 at 6 pm CT

8. Connecticut Huskies (5-5, AAC: 3-3; LW: 7)

Last week: OFF
With a shot at bowl eligibility on the line, UConn hosts Houston. Can they play spoiler and see that another AAC playoff contender falls out of the race? Houston hasn’t faltered yet and I think the Huskies get blown out at home. Sorry.
This week: vs. Houston on Sat., Nov. 21 at 2:30 pm CT on ESPNU

9. East Carolina Pirates (4-6, AAC: 2-4; LW: 9)

Last week: OFF
What better time for ECU to play UCF than now. Both teams are coming off bye weeks. It almost seems like the AAC thought this would be a bigger matchup. It’s not, but that’s fine. Not like I’m going to watch this one anyway…
This week: at UCF on Thurs., Nov. 19 at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN

10. Tulane Green Wave (3-7, AAC: 1-5; LW: 11)

Last week: beat Army 34-31
Tulane pulled off a win over Army on the road by way of a field goal as time expired. The huge positive was the drive the team pulled off to do it — 9 plays, 53 yards in 1:53. Tanner Lee ran the show extremely well for Tulane, throwing for over 250 yards. 
This week: at SMU on Sat., Nov. 21 at 7 pm CT on ESPNews

11. SMU Mustangs (1-9, AAC: 0-6; LW: 10)

Last week: lost to Navy 55-14
SMU didn’t exactly look like it wanted to be there at all against Navy. There were flashes like SMU fans have seen all year, but overall the team had no answer for Navy’s rushing attack. The Midshipmen missed on a few down the field shots that should have been touchdowns too. This was really bad. At least SMU hosts Tulane this week though.
This week: hosts Tulane on Sat., Nov. 21 at 7 pm CT on ESPNews

12. UCF Knights (0-10, AAC: 0-6; LW: 12)

Last week: OFF
The Knight had the week off before hosting a struggling East Carolina team. Could this be the time that UCF gets their first win? I don’t think so.
This week: hosts ECU on Thurs., Nov. 19 at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN

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