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Three Things We Learned About The AAC In Week 12

Navy is for real. Temple rallies against Memphis to take control of its AAC destiny. And, Memphis has a ways to go to compete against the best in the American.

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The Connecticut Huskies are no joke at home. With temperatures in the mid 30s, and a Houston team has to travel 1,700 miles, anything can happen.

Navy is the most complete team in the AAC:

The Navy Midshipmen defense has been on a tear lately, especially as they've gone through the softer part of their schedule against SMU and Tulsa. They'll be on the road against a Houston Cougars team that may be looking to prove that last week was a fluke in Storrs.

Navy has the 2nd ranked rushing attack in the nation and has converted those rushing yards to points, averaging 38 points-per-game.  The Midshipmen defense has been a cornerstone to their success all year, allowing no more than 24 points all season, ranking 19th in the nation.  Oh yeah, and Keenan Reynolds is pretty good.

Memphis hasn't melted down, but they have a ways to go:

After starting the season 8-0 and beating a very good Ole Miss team in the process, the Memphis Tigers were riding high.  Unfortunately, their next three games would turn out to be a gauntlet of the three best teams in the AAC with #16 Navy at home, and #24 Houston and Temple on the road.  They've lost 3 in a row and a win against SMU in their regular season finale won't help to answer any questions.

Temple is the team to beat again in the East:

Temple showed the AAC that they weren't rattled by a loss against USF last week ago by beating Memphis in convincing fashion 31-12 Saturday, and holding Paxton Lynch to 156 yards and zero touchdowns.  They finish their season against an apparently gritty UConn team at home.

The AAC Championship is coming down to the wire:

1. Temple must win next week, otherwise USF holds the tiebreaker and will take the AAC-East.  USF heads to Orlando to play a UCF team that is a straight up mess, putting all the pressure on the Owls to finish strong against UConn at home.

2. The Houston vs. Navy game next week is for all the marbles in the AAC-West division.  Navy is undefeated in conference play, however, a loss against Houston will knock them down to 7-1 AND Houston would hop them in the conference standings by having a tiebreaker W.