In last week’s article I talked about how there was some quality AAC on AAC action for us in Week Two, but unfortunately the game of the week did have to get postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Both the USF against UConn and UCF against Memphis games were ultimately pushed back due to the weather conditions which is will give us some matchups later in the season that we can still look forward to.
The main surprise for AAC Week Two play was the Cincinnati and Michigan game. If you remember the Bearcats of Cincinnati were actually featured a few weeks back in our ‘Best Worst Game of the Week’ series. And that same Cincy team went toe to toe with the powerhouse Wolverines of Michigan. The Maize and Blue from Ann Arbor opened up as 31.5 point favorites against the Bearcats but boy did Cincy make a game out of it.
Cincinnati showed the world that Michigan is not unbeatable and the Bearcats even made Harbaugh’s roster look vulnerable at times. Michigan eventually pulled away, winning the ballgame 36-14. Regardless of the outcome, two big conclusions were drawn as a result. One being that Michigan might not be as legitimate of a playoff contender as everybody seems to think, and two being that if the Bearcats build on their momentum they could make a little run at the American Conference title.
After the Week Two games, three teams remain undefeated with a 2-0 record but as I mentioned before the #22 ranked University of South Florida did not play so they remained 2-0 thanks to their Week Zero win. The Navy Midshipmen and the SMU Mustangs (which will get destroyed by the TCU Horned Frogs this week) remain perfect on the young season as well and both find themselves close to cracking the Top 25 poll.
The game to watch for Week Three will be the University of Central Florida against Georgia Tech game hands down. As of now, this matchup is a pick ‘em with oddsmakers still not being able to decide which team deserves being the favorite and which the underdog. I, for one am interested to see how UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton (above) plays against a Power Five defense. Milton was impressive in the opening match for the Knights but his first test comes sooner than expected as the Yellow Jackets have already proven themselves worthy thanks to their nail biting loss against #23 ranked Tennessee Volunteers.
On the other side of things, the Knights’ rush defense will need to be sound because Georgia Tech’s running back TaQuon Marshall already has NINE touchdowns over two games. If UCF can limit Marshall’s effectiveness and provide their own QB some time to throw the ball efficiently then the Knights will come away with the victory.
An honorable mention for AAC game of the week is Memphis against UCLA, if you like passing then this game is for you. UCLA’s Josh Rosen (above) has been unbelievable thus far and is currently leading the Heisman race in most analyst’s minds. Rosen has thrown for 820 yards and 9 TDs against two worthy defensives and now in order for the Tigers of Memphis to pull off the improbable upset, they will 100% need to get pressure on Rosen. At the of the day, Rosen is still a college quarterback and if Memphis can make him uncomfortable in his own pocket then the game will be their’s for the taking.
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