Week 9

American Athletic Week 9 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 9 of the American Athletic season.


American Athletic Week 9 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know

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American Athletic Week 9 Rankings

COMING AFTER THE LAST AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GAME

American Athletic Week 9 Roundup

Temple 34, Cincinnati 13

Prediction: Temple 26, Cincinnati 20, Temple -7

Quick Take: Temple just keeps on rolling thanks to a dominant performance from the D, giving up under 200 yards of UC O, while the offense held on to the ball for over 40 minutes. After stuffing USF, the Owls destroyed the Cincinnati running game, allowing just 67 yards and nothing big, while Bearcat QB Gunner Kiel generated next to nothing down the field. Jahad Thomas ripped off 151 yards for the Owls, while Ryquell Armstead ran for 61 yards and two scores.

East Carolina 41, Connecticut 3

Prediction: East Carolina 34, Connecticut 23, ECU -6.5

Quick Take: That’s the East Carolina we’ve all been waiting for. Philip Nelson threw for 253 yards and two scores, and while the running game was stuffed, it was just effective enough to help out the passing attack. UConn’s O went nowhere, with Bryant Shirreffs leading the team with just 46 rushing yards and throwing two picks. The Huskies simply couldn’t get anything going, missing all four of their fourth down tries and stalling on drive after drive.

Houston 31, UCF 24

Prediction: Houston 27, UCF 24, Houston -9.5

Quick Take: Houston just needs to keep winning with no questions asked. This was a gut-check victory, getting dominated early by UCF, only to have Greg Ward bring the Cougars all the way back in a huge second half. Ward created several issues with three picks, but he ran for two scores and came up with a touchdown pass to overcome the awful start. Meanwhile, UCF’s offense went into the tank, finishing with just 195 yards and turning it over four times to match Houston’s four giveaways.

South Florida 52, Navy 45

Prediction: South Florida 34, Navy 30, USF -7

Quick Take: South Florida’s offense bounced back in a huge way after the debacle against Temple, helped by QB Quinton Flowers, who was questionable after getting hurt in Philly. He was masterful, throwing for 219 yards and two scores and running for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and now USF is still alive in the East. The Bull rushing attack was unstoppable, with Marlon Mack and D’Ernest Johnson also adding 100+ yards as part of a 412-yard, five-score day averaging over nine yards per pop. But Navy – who isn’t built for major comebacks – almost pulled it off with Will Worth throwing for 299 yards and running for 129 yards and four scores. The two teams combined for 1,245 yards.

SMU 35, Tulane 31

Prediction: SMU 30, Tulane 27, Tulane -2.5

Quick Take: SMU came up with its second straight key American Athletic Conference win as Braeden West ran for 119 yards and two scores, including the game-winner late. The SMU defense broke a few times against the Tulane running game, but it did a good job, for the most part, allowing 227 yards and two scores. Penalties killed the Green Wave with ten for 100 yards, but it was the SMU running game that ground out the clock, and the D that came up with several key third down stops, that turned out to be the difference.

Tulsa vs. Memphis

Prediction: Memphis 34, Tulsa 26, Memphis -6.5

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American Athletic Week 9 Bowl Projections

COMING AFTER THE LAST AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GAME