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.