AAC Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 7.
|Team||Record||This Week||Result||Up Next|
|Charlotte||1-5 (o-2)||vs Navy||L, 14-0||at ECU|
|ECU||1-5 (0-2)||vs SMU||L, 31-10||vs Charlotte|
|FAU||3-3 (2-0)||vs USF||W, 56-14||vs UTSA|
|Memphis||4-2 (1-1)||vs Tulane||L, 31-21||at UAB|
|Navy||3-3 (2-2)||at Charlotte||W, 14-0||vs Air Force|
|North Texas||3-3 (1-1)||vs Temple||W, 45-14||at Tulane|
|Rice||3-3 (1-1)||—||—||at Tulsa|
|SMU||4-2 (2-0)||at ECU||W, 31-10||at Temple|
|Temple||2-4 (0-3)||at North Texas||L, 41-14||vs SMU|
|Tulane||5-1 (2-0)||at Memphis||W, 31-21||vs North Texas|
|Tulsa||3-3 (1-1)||—||—||vs Rice|
|UAB||2-4 (1-2)||at UTSA||L, 41-20||vs Memphis|
|USF||3-4 (2-2)||at FAU||L, 56-14||at UConn|
|UTSA||2-3 (2-0)||vs UAB||W, 41-20||at FAU|
Notable Results (Standings)
The wave roll
Tulane edged out Memphis in a battle of AAC heavyweights on Friday night, outlasting the Tigers in a very close game, proving the Green Wave is still the team to beat in this league until further notice. That said, the performance from the Tigers was impressive. If they continue to play that well, a rematch in a few months is well within the range of possibilities.
The usual suspects
As recently as a few weeks ago, there looked to be some upheaval near the top of the standings. Entering the second half, though, it’s a not-so-surprising cast at the top of the standings. Tulane, SMU, FAU and UTSA are all undefeated in conference play. Add in Memphis, whose only loss was the aforementioned nailbiter to Tulane, and you have the top five teams of the AAC preseason media poll.
Charlotte is down bad
The 49ers became the first AAC team to be shut out this season, failing to score any points against Navy. The conference has faced a rigorous nonconference slate, but to this point, every team in the AAC had scored at least some points in each game… until Charlotte delivered the first goose egg. It was always going to be a tough transition for Biff Poggi in year one, but it’s looking even more arduous now.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Finding the true contenders
At times it’s felt as if UTSA and FAU have had to scratch and claw their way to their respective 3-3 starts to the season. Tough schedules, injuries and poor play have taken some wind out of their respective sails, but both remain alive in the conference title hunt. Even though a loss wouldn’t be a full disqualifier, a win in their upcoming matchup next weekend would keep those aspirations alive.
Sifting through the middle
Rice and Tulsa sit smack dab in the middle of the conference standings at 1-1. They’ve both delivered more impressive outings than the winless teams (Charlotte, ECU and Temple), but they lack the consistency of some of the leagues’ better squads. This feels like a fairly even fight that could boost the winner ever so slightly and help keep bowl dreams alive.
Charlotte and ECU were at the bottom of our midseason power rankings going into the weekend and that’s where they’ll stay until they show some life. That proof could come this week when they face each other in a battle that will likely be the best shot for either of these squads to claim a conference win this season.
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