AAC Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 6.
|Team||Record||This Week||Result||Up Next|
|Charlotte||1-4 (o-1)||—||—||vs Navy|
|ECU||1-4 (0-1)||—||—||vs SMU|
|FAU||2-3 (1-0)||vs Tulsa||W, 20-17||vs USF|
|Memphis||4-1 (1-0)||—||—||vs Tulane|
|Navy||2-3 (1-2)||vs North Texas||W, 27-24||at Charlotte|
|North Texas||2-3 (0-1)||at Navy||L, 27-24||vs Temple|
|Rice||3-3 (1-1)||vs UConn||L, 38-31||—|
|SMU||3-2 (1-0)||—||—||at ECU|
|Temple||2-4 (0-2)||vs UTSA||L, 49-34||at North Texas|
|Tulane||4-1 (1-0)||—||—||at Memphis|
|Tulsa||3-3 (1-1)||at FAU||L, 20-17||—|
|UAB||2-4 (1-1)||vs USF||W, 56-35||at UTSA|
|USF||3-3 (2-1)||at UAB||L, 56-35||at FAU|
|UTSA||2-3 (1-0)||at Temple||W, 49-34||vs UAB|
Notable Results (Standings)
This conference is a mess
Through five weeks, the ACC has two four-win teams, two one-win teams and 10 teams logjammed with a game of .500. If it feels hard to figure out who is actually good this season, the current standings reflect that. Rice and Tulsa both had the chance to break into the four-win club, but couldn’t find a way to get it done and fell back to the rest of the pack.
UTSA bounces back
UTSA, one of those middle-of-the-standings programs, notched a much-needed win to opener their AAC slate, outlasting Temple in a high-scoring affair on the road. The Roadrunners were picked to contend in this conference and despite a shaky start to the season, they’re still in position to do that, especially with quarterback Frank Harris leading the offense.
USF comes back to earth
South Florida screamed out to a 2-0 start to conference play before running into a Dragon-sized wall in their third conference game. The Blazers had just one win when the Bulls came to town, serving a slice of humble pie to their upstart visitors. USF might have been ahead of schedule in Alex Golesh’s first season, but still have to feel pretty good about things entering an all-Florida showdown against FAU in Week 6.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Rice and Tulsa are both 3-3, each dropping what felt like a winnable game before a bye week and a matchup in Tulsa in Week 7. This game isn’t being played for another week and a half, but both programs will face some pressure to get things patched up and ready to go before they play a midweek, prime-time game with the loser falling below .500 in league play.
Charlotte and ECU already trail the rest of the pack entering Week 6 with more conference matchups looming. If it’s not “save-your-season” territory yet, it’s getting pretty close. Neither program can afford to add a fifth loss so early in the year. It’s a little early to start talking about must-win games, but that’s exactly where things stand for these programs.
Who’s No. 1?
Tulane and Memphis each had the week off before a potential conference-deciding matchup between the current frontrunners in Week 6. The Mean Green and Tigers are a combined 8-0 against non-Power 5 opponents and each school came close to pulling off a Power 5 upset already this season. This has the makings of what could be the biggest conference game of the year and it’s still October.
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