Sep 19 2014: South Florida's Chris Dunkley (1) sizes up UConn's Justin Wain (42) for a fake in the AAC game between the UConn Huskies and the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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10 schedule facts for Week 7 in the AAC

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You spend your entire Saturday glued to your television and Twitter to keep up with all of the AAC games (and every other game) every week, which makes you a really good college football fan …

… but why settle for good when you can be great?

Schedule facts are quick, easy and — most importantly — they’ll make you sound really smart when you drop them into casual conversations in the break room at work.

Let’s take a look at 10 interesting tidbits about Week 7 of the AAC schedule:

  • Another week, another postponed game. Last week, Tulane-UCF was rescheduled for Nov. 5, and now Navy-East Carolina has been pushed back to Nov. 19 due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew.
  • There are only four AAC games on tap for Week 7 (Memphis-Tulane, UConn-USF, Tulsa-Houston, Temple-UCF), which is the conference’s lowest total since Week 6 of the 2014 season.
  • This weekend’s ESPN thriller in New Orleans between Memphis and Tulane will mark the fourth time the AAC has played a Friday night game in 2016. So go ahead and make your way on over to your local high school game, but don’t forget to tune into the second half.
  • There’s some history behind the Memphis-Tulane series, but it hasn’t been close as of late. Even before the arrival of former coach Justin Fuente (now with Virginia Tech), the Tigers were dominant, with an all-time series lead of 20-11. They are on a nine-game winning streak over the Green Wave, having won each by an average of 23.8 points.
  • Can UConn end two significant losing streaks in back-to-back weeks? The Huskies have dropped four in a row against South Florida, and all came within one score. They’ll need some help from the offense, though; USF ranks No. 8 in the nation scoring 44.5 points per game through six weeks this season.
  • A win for USF would give coach Willie Taggart a 13-3 record since Oct. 2, 2015. That was the last time the Bulls lost to a conference opponent at Raymond-James Stadium.
  • How will Houston respond after its shocking upset on the road against Navy? If last season was any indication Tom Herman has only lost once before as a head coach — Tulsa is in major trouble. After the Cougars’ 20-17 loss late last year at Connecticut, they turned around and went 16-for-19 on third down to beat Navy by 21.
  • By the way, if you like points, this one has the chance to be a barn-burner. Both teams come in averaging over 39 points — Houston ranks 10th nationally, Tulsa ranks tied for 25th — and are led by senior quarterbacks with big-play ability.
  • Temple earned its first ever victory against UCF last season and can tie up the all-time series at 2-2 with another on Saturday evening. However, despite the 30-16 win in 2015, Owls quarterback Phillip Walker posted a season-low 22.5 QBR and has kicked off the 2016 campaign with three performances that are even lower on the QBR scale.
  • Vegas isn’t expecting many close games in the AAC this week. Houston (-21.5), USF (-19.5), and Memphis (-11.5) are all at least two-score favorites, while UCF (-3.5) should be ready for a dogfight.


Tyler Waddell is an AAC football columnist for Today’s U. For tips or questions, send him an e-mail at tylerwaddell4@gmail.com and give him a follow on Twitter (@Tyler_Waddell).

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