Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 5: AAC

Week five basically went a bit sideways for the American Athletic Conference, as a week after finishing ahead of the Big 12 in our conference power rankings, the league received just 5 passing grades to 6 failing grades. Houston was the only member in the top 3 in the league that succeeded this week, and that could have implications in the league rankings. Here are the week 5 grades for the AAC:

PASS: UCF, Houston, Temple, Tulane, USF
Dontravious Wilson scored twice, and UCF used a 24 point 4th quarter to power past East Carolina on the road. UCF has outscored their last two opponents 100-43, and Scott Frost is having an immediate impact as head coach on his 1st season.
After yet another sluggish start, Houston scored 28 points in the 2nd quarter, and blew out U Conn in a revenge match from a year ago. Greg Ward was 32/38 passing with 3 TDs, and rushed for 2 more in the easy win.
Temple scored 35 points in a span of 13 minutes, and Temple pounded SMU 45-20 at home. Ryquell Anderson, who was starting in relief, rushed for 154 yards and 2 TDs in the win.
Tulane barely earns a pass, but the Green Wave win at U Mass 31-24 after trailing at the half. The Pass comes from the fact that Willie Fritz now has Tulane at 3-2 for the season, a massive improvement over a year ago.
USF rushed for 5 team TDs, including 2 by Marlon Mack, and the Bulls shut out Cincy in the 2nd half on the way to a 45-20 win.

FAIL: U Conn, Memphis, East Carolina, SMU, Navy, Cincinnati
East Carolina turned the football over 4 times in their loss to UCF, and could not take advantage of a lagging UCF passing game in an 18 point home loss to the Knights in AAC play.
U Conn had no answer for Greg Ward Thursday night, and the defense gave up 27 1st downs in a 28 point road loss to Houston in AAC play.
Chad Morris is having the opposite effect on his program in the AAC than Scott Frost is having at UCF. SMU has not gotten nearly off the ground in a year and a half, and SMU was down 35-14 at the half to Temple in their loss.
Riley Ferguson tossed 3 INTs and never passed for a TD as Memphis found themselves down to Ole Miss 24-7 at the half on non-con action. Ferguson only rushed for a score, and never found the end zone passing.
Navy rushed for just 57 yards on 38 attempts, and could not find a passing game to make up for it, and the Middies never scored until the 4th quarter in a 28-14 loss to rival Air Force.

Cincinnati only racked up 121 yards after the half in a 25 point home loss to USF, which dropped the Bearcats to just 0-2 in AAC play. Despite the huge loss, Cincy was basically even in total yards and 1st downs with USF.

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