Who Is Now The Team To Beat In The AAC?

As we enter Week Four of the College Football season, there are now two heavy favorites to contend for the American Athletic Conference title led by two extraordinary quarterbacks. The South Florida Bulls and Quinton Flowers (pictured) as well as the Memphis Tigers and Riley Ferguson.

Both the Bulls and the Tigers are still undefeated are coming off of impressive wins in Week Three, Memphis’s getting the edge as to which was more impressive. Riley Ferguson (below) went toe to toe with UCLA QB and Heisman frontrunner Josh Rosen, Ferguson outplayed (barely, Rosen played extremely well too) the future first round pick and led the Tigers to victory in a shootout against the Pac-12 heavyweight. USF’s Flowers tossed 4 TDs and 280 yards while picking up another 105 yards and a score on the ground against the Big Ten’s Illinois Illini. Now we already knew that South Florida was a legitimate powerhouse within the American but Memphis’s recent performances beg the question, can USF be defeated?

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Unfortunately, the Tigers and the Bulls do not have a scheduled game for this season but due to the fact that they are both in opposite divisions within the AAC, the two could meet up in an American Championship Game. A potential USF and Memphis AAC title game could be and would be one of the most entertaining college football battles ever thanks to the two quarterbacks that would be taking part in it. I’m still holding out hope that the Navy Midshipmen can take the crown in the AAC this year but if the Midshipmen want to do it they have a long way to go.

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As for the upcoming week of American football action, USF will be facing off against Temple. The Temple Owls are coming off a big win against the UMass Minutemen and look to carry their defensive momentum into their game with Quinton Flowers (above) and the high powered offense of the Bulls. Memphis will be taking on the Southern Illinois Salukis (Saluki is a type of greyhound dog) in a game that Memphis should dominate. There are no questions for Memphis’s Week Four game but the Tigers will be asking, how far up the rankings will they go? I predict that Memphis will move into the 20 to 25 range in the rankings and with a turbulent few weeks ahead of them on their schedule (they play UCF, Houston, Tulsa and Navy as the season winds down) it will be interesting to see if they can remain within the Top 25.

 

Cover Photo via USA Today

Article Photos via Orlando Sentinel and Yahoo Sports

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