AAC Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 11.
|Team||Record||This Week||Result||Up Next|
|Charlotte||3-7 (2-4)||vs Memphis||L, 44-38 (OT)||vs Rice|
|ECU||2-8 (1-5)||at FAU||W, 22-7||at Navy|
|FAU||4-6 (2-4)||vs ECU||L, 22-7||vs Tulane|
|Memphis||8-2 (5-1)||at Charlotte||W, 44-38 (OT)||vs SMU|
|Navy||4-5 (3-3)||vs UAB||W, 31-7||vs ECU|
|North Texas||3-7 (1-5)||at SMU||L, 45-21||at Tulsa|
|Rice||4-6 (2-4)||at UTSA||L, 34-14||at Charlotte|
|SMU||8-2 (6-0)||vs North Texas||W, 45-21||at Memphis|
|Temple||3-7 (1-5)||at USF||L, 27-23||at UAB|
|Tulane||9-1 (6-0)||vs Tulsa||W, 24-22||at FAU|
|Tulsa||3-7 (1-5)||at Tulane||L, 24-22||vs North Texas|
|UAB||3-7 (2-4)||at Navy||L, 31-6||vs Temple|
|USF||5-5 (3-3)||vs Temple||W, 27-23||at UTSA|
|UTSA||7-3 (6-0)||vs Rice||W, 34-14||vs USF|
Notable Results (Standings)
SMU, UTSA and Tulane all took care of business this week to stay unbeaten in league play. Tulane’s played some squeaker in recent weeks and this outing against Tulsa was certainly closer than it probably should have been, but the result is what matters. We’ve got a three-horse race atop the conference standings with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Watch out for the Bulls
USF has been one of the more pleasant surprise stories in the AAC this season. The Bulls beat Temple in a close one, keeping their chances to make a bowl in Alex Golesh’s first season within the realm of possible. To be able to write that in mid-November, after the tough stretch of season’s they have in recent years, is remarkable in itself.
So long, postseason
No AAC teams clinched a postseason berth this week but four squads notched their seventh loss signalling the end of their postseason aspirations. North Texas, UAB, Temple and Charlotte are all heading for no offseason. For the Owls and 49ers, that’s not too surprising. They were picked to finish near the bottom of the league. UAB and North Texas however, to be out of the running with two weeks to play is less understandable.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Finally, a heavyweight fight
Part of the reason the AAC has three remaining unbeaten teams is the lack of compelling matchups along the way. Next week’s meeting between SMU and Memphis is one of the most compelling regular season conference games remaining for that reason, it pits the talent against talent. Memphis is still alive in the conference title game hunt and could get much closer with a win over SMU whereas the Mustangs might all but clinch a title game spot with a win.
No margin for error
Both Rice and FAU enter this coming weekend with six losses before squaring off with each other in the final weekend of the regular season. Bowl eligibility could be on the line for both squads in that game, bu they’ll have to win this coming week to get there. Rice draws Charlotte. FAU will have to upset Tulane. No small task.
Don’t sleep on the troops
Navy has an outside shot at a six-win season under first-year head coach Brian Newberry. That’s what makes their upcoming game against East Carolina so intriguing. Win that, and the Midshipmen can keep the faith. They haven’t had a .500 season since 2019.
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