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10 schedule facts for Week 10 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 10 of the AAC schedule:

  • There are two non-conference games involving AAC teams this week. Navy will try to begin its steep climb from a 12-76-1 all-time series deficit against Notre Dame, and Cincinnati hopes to even things up at one apiece with BYU after last season’s loss in Provo.
  • This isn’t the same Notre Dame team that Navy faced one year ago in a 41-24 loss — the Irish enter the meeting with five losses to opponents whose combined record to this point is 18-22. As for the Bearcats: BYU comes in with a 4-4 overall record but all four of its losses were by a total of seven points.
  • Altogether, there are six AAC games on the slate for Week 10. Houston and South Florida, the No. 1 and 2 teams in our conference power rankings, are off.
  • Week 10 will mark the seventh time in 2016 that The American is involved in a featured game on a Friday evening. This time around it will be Temple and UConn kicking off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. These teams have been headed in opposite directions the last six weeks, and the Owls have won the last two meetings by 50 points.
  • Navy rides a 13-game home winning streak into Saturday, but for that to be stretched even further it will have to accomplish something it has only done three times since 1964: Beat Notre Dame.
  • Cincinnati is now 29-18 (18-11) under coach Tommy Tuberville, many of those losses coming in blowout form (18.6 points per game). UC is 11-10 with a losing conference record (5-9) since the start of the 2015 season. If BYU hands the Bearcats their third home defeat of the year, rumblings about offseason changes may begin to emerge.
  • With back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013, SMU is starting to believe that it can play with any opponent left on its schedule. That includes a home date with Memphis this weekend, which is 5-3 against the Mustangs all-time but won the last two meetings by 101 points.
  • We’re back! Originally scheduled for Oct. 7, TulaneUCF was pushed back to Week 10 due to unsafe weather conditions brought from Hurricane Matthew. Because of this, the Knights have had just one home game in six weeks. ESPN’s FPI gives them an 80 percent chance to improve to 5-4 before beating Cincinnati the next week for bowl eligibility.
  • We’ve been pretty high on Tulsa since the beginning, but I don’t think anyone expected the Golden Hurricane to be able to control their own destiny in the West entering the month of November. Heck, their 6-2 record has writers publishing columns encouraging the administration to begin looking for Philip Montgomery’s inevitable successor. That might be on point, but for now, the goal should be moving past an East Carolina opponent that has won six meetings in a row.
  • UCF (-16.5), Temple (-10), Tulsa (-8.5), and Memphis (-3) are the favorites to win this week with Navy (+6.5) and Cincinnati (+7.5) serving as the underdogs, according to Vegas.

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