November 27, 2015: Navy Midshipmen running back Toneo Gulley (22) is brought down by Houston Cougars linebacker Cameron Doubenmier (54) during the AAC game between the Navy Midshipmen and Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/ICON Sportswire)
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10 schedule facts about Week 6 in the AAC

Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

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 6 of the AAC schedule:

  • For the first time this season, there won’t be any non-conference games played in the AAC. Instead, five conference games are on the slate; there would have been six had Tulane-UCF not been postponed/rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. (That game has been set for Nov. 5 instead.)
  • Altogether, the AAC went 29-14 versus non-conference competition through the first five weeks of the season, with five more opportunities down the road. In 2015, the AAC finished 22-23 against non-conference foes.
  • That includes a 6-12 record against Power 5 competition, where the AAC has dropped six straight games.
  • Tonight’s Temple-Memphis matchup will already mark the sixth time the AAC has played a game on a Thursday night, though this will be the first for either program this season.
  • This will be just the fourth all-time meeting between Temple and Memphis, which hadn’t seen each other prior to joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013. The Owls lead the series at 2-1 after last year’s 31-12 win in Philadelphia.
  • Last season’s meeting between SMU and Tulsa went in the Golden Hurricane’s favor, 40-31, but with both teams sitting toward the bottom of the conference in turnovers (23 lost combined), we could be in for a surprising defensive showing.
  • Since 2010, Cincinnati (-3 in this Saturday’s game) has a 15-5 record as a favorite on the road, but UConn has had decent success (11-10) as a home underdog. History says this is an easy pick, though. The Bearcats have won five in a row and lead the series 10-2 — not to mention the fact that they’ve outscored the Huskies 75-17 at Rentschler Field the last two trips.
  • This will be East Carolina’s third road trip in four weeks, and then it plays Navy on a short week next Thursday. That doesn’t bode well for the Pirates, who are on a three-game losing streak and will play USF, an opponent that is off to its best start (4-1) since 2009. ECU enters Saturday’s game with a 1-5 all-time record against the Bulls but is 5-7 versus Florida teams over the last six-plus years.
  • Saturday afternoon’s contest featuring No. 6 Houston and Navy will mark just the third time both programs have met, but the Midshipmen are looking for revenge after losing last season’s late-season conference matchup, 52-31. The result sent the Cougars to the AAC title game. Both teams are a combined 12-1 since their last meeting, with Navy suffering a loss to Air Force last week.
  • Vegas isn’t expecting many close games in the AAC this week. USF (-20), Houston (-17), Tulsa (-17), and Memphis (-10) are all two-score favorites — or more — against their upcoming conference competition, with Cincinnati (-3) getting the least amount of love.

10 schedule facts about Week 6 in the AAC
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