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10 schedule facts for Week 8 in the AAC

Navy Midshipmen quarterback Will Worth (15) runs an option play with Navy Midshipmen running back Dishan Romine (28) during a match between Navy and Houston at Navy - Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire)
Daniel Kucin Jr./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 8 of the AAC schedule:

  • After two straight weeks of postponed games over safety concerns from Hurricane Matthew, we’re back to a full schedule that consists of six games and all are within the conference (all 12 AAC teams will be in action this weekend).
  • This weekend’s ESPN thriller in New Orleans between South Florida and Temple will mark the fifth time the AAC has played a Friday night game in 2016. It’ll be the first appearance for USF on a Friday this season, but the Owls opened the season on a Friday night back in September.
  • Welcome to the third edition of South FloridaTemple. The Owls struck first in the series with a 37-28 win in Philadelphia during the 2012 season and USF returned the favor with a 44-23 blowout victory in Tampa last year. Though Temple is playing well with three wins in its last four games, the Bulls are a fringe Top 25 team and have outscored their three conference opponents by 18.7 points.
  • Ah yes, the Civil Conflict (or as some may style it, the “Civil ConFLiCT”) has finally returned. UConn coach Bob Diaco created this rivalry with UCF during his first season in 2014 and the Knights are still yet to acknowledge it — maybe because the New York Post called it the worst rivalry in sports — but we’re rolling with it anyway because it always makes for an interesting conversation.
  • UConn currently has a 2-1 series lead over its new “rival,” riding a two-game winning streak against UCF into the weekend. The Huskies have scored more than 35 points just twice during Diaco’s tenure — and both came against UCF.
  • Since 2009, Navy ranks No. 1 in The American with a 32-9 record at home, where it has won 12 games in a row dating back to September 2014. A win over Memphis in Annapolis Saturday would give the Midshipmen a 4-0 start in conference play, putting them in prime position to stay atop the West standings and earn a trip to the AAC championship later this year. It would also improve their overall record vs. the Tigers to 2-0 after 45-20 beat-down at the Liberty Bowl in 2015.
  • Tulsa’s two losses this season have come vs. the No. 2- and 13-ranked teams in the nation: Ohio State and Houston. Both came on the road, too. The Golden Hurricane are expected to improve to 5-2 with a win versus Tulane at Skelly Field, where they’ve compiled a 5-0 record and have outscored the Wave by an average of 30.8 points.
  • Not only did Cincinnati miss its chance to become a member of the Big 12 Conference, but it is also in serious jeopardy of missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 2010. The Bearcats are favored for their upcoming home contest with East Carolina, though — an opponent they’ve beaten five times in a row dating back to the early 2000s.
  • Houston hasn’t been the team we’ve come to know the last two weeks, allowing 77 points to Navy and Tulsa. But this week will be as good as any to get back on track, as the Cougars have outscored SMU by 81 points over their last three meetings and the Mustangs are surrendering 40.3 points to opponents with a winning record in 2016.
  • Vegas is anticipating a handful of close games this week. Houston (-21) and Tulsa (-10.5) are big favorites, but South Florida (-7), UCF (-4), Memphis (-2.5), and Cincinnati (-1.5) are expected to be involved in some tight contests.

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