What happened in all the Week 2 American Athletic Conference games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the American Athletic rankings and analysis.
American Athletic Conference Week 2 Rankings, Predictions & Quick Takes
How are the American Athletic Conference picks so far? SU: 18-4, ATS: 6-5-1
1. Houston (2-0)
Final Score: Houston 42, Lamar 0
Prediction: Houston 58, Lamar 16
Up Next: at Cincinnati
Quick Take: There might have been a delay, and there might not have been a Greg Ward at quarterback, but it couldn’t have gone better for Houston – the depth got a chance to work. Kyle Postma wasn’t Ward, but he threw well and ran for 106 yards and a long touchdown. Three Cougars ran for over 100 yards, there was plenty of rest for several key players, and now in a short week, everything is in place for Cincinnati.
2. South Florida (2-0)
Final Score: South Florida 48, Northern Illinois 17
Prediction: South Florida 26, Northern Illinois 20, USF -15
Up Next: at Syracuse
Quick Take: RB Marlon Mack couldn’t go, but it didn’t matter – Quinton Flowers picked up the slack. The Bulls got 350 yards and four touchdown passes from its quarterback as the O rolled at will in a shockingly easy blowout. The D never let NIU get into the game thanks to the offense forcing NIU out of its comfort zone with 658 yards for the game.
3. East Carolina (2-0)
Final Score: East Carolina 33, NC State 30
Prediction: NC State 30. East Carolina 24, NC State -4.5
Up Next: at South Carolina
Quick Take: Once again, Philip Nelson came up with a huge day – he’s exactly what the offense needed. Sharp, accurate, and clutch, other than the one interception he managed to answer everything NC State did with great drive after great drive. The defense might have been ripped up, but the Pirate O hit on 7-of-17 third downs and pulled off the huge in-state win.
4. Cincinnati (2-0)
Final Score: Cincinnati 38, Purdue 20
Prediction: Purdue 45, Cincinnati 42, Cincinnati -6
Up Next: Houston
Quick Take: Three Mike Tyson interceptions and five overall from the defense helped make up for some problems in the secondary, but even with a few problems, Cincinnati just went into a Big Ten house and came away with a blowout win. With Houston up next, Hayden Moore has a chance to make a name for himself after throwing for three scores and running for two, but the D has to hold up against the quick passing attack – or just keep making picks like it did in West Lafayette.
5. Navy (2-0)
Final Score: Navy 28, Connecticut 24
Prediction: Navy 24, Connecticut 16, Navy -4
Up Next: at Tulane
Quick Take: Just take it and run. The Midshipmen caught a break with a bad timeout call from UConn head coach Bob Diaco, but they also did their part with a big goal line stand to save the win. In place of the injured Tago Smith, Will Worth quarterbacked the Navy offense just fine, hitting 6-of-8 passes for 130 yards and running for two scores, but the ground game didn’t control the clock and the game in the second half.
6. Memphis (1-0)
Up Next: Kansas
7. Connecticut (1-1)
Final Score: Navy 28, Connecticut 24
Prediction:Navy 24, Connecticut 16, Navy -4
Up Next: Virginia
Quick Take: This will be known as the time out game – with head coach Bob Diaco blowing the last time out unnecessarily and the O got stuffed from the one-yard line as time ran out – but on the plus side it was a terrific comeback with Bryant Shirreffs coming up with a whale of a game, completing 23-of-26 passes for 239 yards and a score. After a rough star, and up until the very, very end, UConn did just about everything else right.
8. UCF (1-1)
Final Score: Michigan 51, UCF 14
Prediction: Michigan 44, UCF 6, Michigan -35.5
Up Next: Maryland
Quick Take: The UCF passing game didn’t have a prayer against the frothing at the mouth Michigan defense, with Justin Holman and Nick Patti each completing 3-of-11 passes. There was a push from the running game with the 87-yard touchdown run from Adrian Killins’ 87-yard dash skewing the stats, but it wasn’t all negative with a 275-yard rushing day as a team.
9. Tulsa (1-1)
Final Score: Ohio State 48, Tulsa 3
Prediction: Ohio State 48, Tulsa 17, Ohio State -28.5
Up Next: North Carolina A&T
Quick Take: Go Taylor Swift and shake it off. This is a motivated, fast, and ultra-athletic Ohio State defense that’s on a mission to start the season. Dane Evans had a nightmare of a time with four interceptions, the team turned it over six times, and the running game never had a chance to get moving running for 61 yards averaging 1.6 yards per pop.
10. Tulane (1-1)
Final Score: Tulane 66, Southern 21
Prediction: Tulane 34, Southern 14
Up Next: Navy
Quick Take: Welcome to the Willie Fritz world. The Green Wave rolled for 437 rushing yards and seven touchdowns with Jonathan Brantley showing what the quarterback can do in the attack. Tulane completed two passes for 12 yards with a pick, but Brantley ran for 119 yards and Dontrell Hilliard ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. The D coming up with four turnovers didn’t hurt.
11. Temple (1-1)
Final Score: Temple 38, Stony Brook 0
Prediction: Temple 27, Stony Brook 10
Up Next: at Penn State
Quick Take: That’s more like it defensively. After a horrible performance against Army to start the season, the Owls allowed just 49 rushing yards and picked off three passes to get the D rolling again. On the other side, though, Phillip Walker only completed 11-of-23 passes – but threw for three scores. It was a blowout, but it wasn’t a sharp game before having to deal with Penn State.
12. SMU (0-2)
Final Score: Baylor 40, SMU 13
Prediction: Baylor 52, SMU 13, Baylor -31
Up Next: Liberty
Quick Take: The Mustangs were fantastic for a half defensively, making up for the lack of talent with athleticism and aggressiveness. The offense wasn’t going to keep up in the second half once Baylor figure out how to get the passing game moving, and the four turnovers basically ended any hope of pulling off anything special, but if it’s possible to show improvement in a blowout, the Mustangs did it.