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10 schedule facts for Week 9 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 9 of the AAC schedule:

  • Who loves Friday nights under the lights? This will mark the sixth time in 2016 that The American is involved in a featured game on a Friday evening. South Florida, which plays on a Friday for the second straight week, will host Navy at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.
  • For the second week in a row, all 12 AAC members will be in action this weekend … and all are conference games.
  • There may not be a hotter team in the conference than Navy, which has defied all preseason expectations and enters Week 9 with a 5-1 record and back-to-back wins against Houston and Memphis. The Midshipmen (No. 22) are the AAC’s only ranked team. They’re also the only team with no conference losses at this point.
  • However, Navy has been a shaky road team in recent years, compiling 13-10 record away from Annapolis since 2012. Meanwhile, the Bulls have won eight straight versus conference opponents in Raymond James Stadium.
  • Saturday afternoon will feature a battle for last place in the AAC East between UConn and East Carolina. After a combined 4-1 start between the two with a pair of wins against Power Five competition, they have gone 2-9. The Huskies won last season’s meeting, 31-13 to tie the brand-new series at 1-1.
  • Cincinnati started star quarterback Gunner Kiel last week against ECU and it paid off big-time. He tossed for over 350 yards and four touchdowns in a win. Kiel did not enjoy playing Temple in 2015, when he threw for 427 yards but handed over four interceptions in a 34-26 loss.
  • Under coach Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati is 0-5 when playing as an underdog on the road. Temple is 8-3 as a home favorite with Matt Rhule, but prior to last season, the Owls had lost five straight to the Bearcats.
  • Much like UConnECU in the East, the loser in Saturday’s contest between SMU and Tulane will likely claim the basement in the AAC West. The Mustangs are coming off their best win since 1983, and the Green Wave have shown signs of life under first-year coach Willie Fritz, but the former has won four of the last five meetings.
  • Neither Tulsa nor Memphis has been mathematically eliminated from the West race, which puts a lot of value on this game for both sides. Since joining The American, the Tigers are 2-0 in this series (and lead 16-10 all time), having scored 106 points, including a 66-spot last season in Oklahoma.
  • Houston (-9.5), Temple (-7), South Florida (-6.5), East Carolina (-6.5), Memphis (-6.5), and Tulane (-3) are the favorites to win this week, according to Vegas. That all but guarantees a bounce-back week for the Tigers, who lead the conference with a 5-0 record as a favorite in 2016.

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