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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Week 2 PASS/FAIL Report: AAC
PASS: Houston, U
Conn, SMU, Memphis, Temple, Tulsa
We start this week with the Temple Owls…If you are saying that you figured Temple for 2-0 at
this point of the season, you are LYING! The Owls are as much a national
surprise as a conference shocker after taking Cincinnati down in dominant
fashion on the road this week, 34-26. Nobody figured this would happen, and now
Temple has an inside shot at the league title after beating an early favorite.
Temple in the surprise column, as they drop Louisville to 0-2 for the first
time since 1998. The Cougars have received solid play from Greg Ward at QB, and
the Cougars are starting to look like a possible dark horse in the conference.
U Conn has
been winning ugly, and is averaging just 21 points per game, but they are still
standing at 2-0 early in the season. The schedule hasn’t exactly been
murderer’s row, but the Huskies have to pleased with where their defense has
gotten them to at this point.
SMU got a nice
bounce back game this week in a win over North Texas. The Mustangs played
solidly early against Baylor, and this week could have had a letdown, but
handled UNT 31-13. SMU won’t be great this season, but we are seeing a solid
improvement early under Chad Morris.
10-0 early at Kansas before getting it together and rolling for a 55-23 road
win in Lawrence. The Tigers are now 2-0, and are scoring at will. Look for the
Tigers to be in the title hunt in the AAC come December.
Tulsa is also
off to a nice 2-0 start after pulling away and beating New Mexico on the road
this week 40-21. Phillip Montgomery has these kids believing again, and the
offense is lighting it up early on.
FAIL: USF, Tulane,
East Carolina, Cincinnati, UCF
Florida State tight in the first half, but when it all came to push and shove,
the Bulls proved that they don’t have the athletes or the talent to get it done
in that kind of environment. Stopping the run would have given them a better
shot at keeping this one tighter.
been blown out twice now by Duke and Georgia Tech, and the Green Wave is giving
up 51 points per game while scoring just 8.5 per game. Curtis Johnson looks
like a Dead Pooler this week.
East Carolina certainly
had their chances to take out Florida this week, but fell short in their
efforts. Through two weeks, the Pirates look like a team in serious decline,
and they may be lucky to go bowling if they don’t figure it out quickly.
been a conference favorite, but they were a mess against Temple, and trailed
31-12 at one point as Gunner Kiel threw four picks. Not only was that favorite
thing a bit premature it seems, the Bearcats may not even be in the mix at the
end of the season the AAC race.
UCF has fallen
off the grid this season, and is averaging just 10.5 points per game on
offense. This was not supposed to happen, and the offense is just out of gas
before they have even left the station. George O’Leary has some serious work to
do if he wants to turn this thing around.