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Underdogs Poll: The AAC Continues To Lead The Way Despite Houston’s Struggles

SMU’s upset brings Houston down the poll but the Mustangs’ win shows how strong the AAC is.

NCAA Football: Houston at Southern Methodist Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
1 Boise State (6) 105 1
2 Western Michigan (5) 104 2
3 Navy 71 5
4 Toledo 65 6
5 San Diego State 57 7
6 Houston 49 3
7 South Florida 47 4
8 Troy 41 7
9 Tulsa 18 11
10 BYU 15 10
11 Appalachian State 9 12
11 Temple 9 14
13 Wyoming 7 NR
14 Memphis 4 9
15 Middle Tennessee State 3 NR
Dropped out: Air Force, Central Michigan | Others receiving votes: Western Kentucky (1)

What is the Underdogs Poll? Every week, writers and editors from SB Nation's Group of Five blogs -- Bull Run, The Daily Stampede, Down the Drive, Hustle Belt, Miner Rush, Mountain West Connection, The UConn Blog, Underdog Dynasty, and Vanquish the Foe -- put their heads together to determine the best of the best, week in and week out, from the teams we cover. The poll is hosted by our friends at the Mountain West Connection. You can read their thoughts on this week’s poll at this link.

The American Athletic Conference continues to lead the way with six teams appearing in the poll despite the cannibalism occurring within the conference. After Temple’s upset of USF weeks prior, SMU was able to cause more havoc by taking down Houston. The Mountain West is a distant second with three teams placing in this week’s poll.

Middle Tennessee is back in the poll after their upset win over the SEC’s Missouri Tigers. Wyoming makes their first appearance in the poll as the Cowboys have appeared to turn the corner in Craigh Bohl’s third year in Laramie.

Right now there seems to be a consensus as to who the two best teams are in the G5 as Boise State and Western Michigan are the only schools who received first place votes.

Underdogs of the Week

SMU Defense - Held Houston to 303 total yards of offense, forced two turnovers, and allowed 13 first downs.

Zach Terrell, QB, Western Michigan - 29-of-35, 398 passing yards, three touchdowns in a 45-31 win vs. Eastern Michigan

Will Worth, QB, Navy - 3-of-4, 85 passing yards; 31 carries, 201 rushing yards; five total touchdowns (2 pass, 3 rush) in a 42-28 win vs. Memphis

Other performances of note: Ryquell Armstead, Temple; Ben Hicks, SMU; Cody Thompson, Toledo

Top Underdogs Games of Week 7 (all times EST)

Ohio vs. Toledo, 7:30 PM, October 27 (CBS Sports Network) - Western Michigan has been all the rave in the MAC but Toledo has been exactly who we have expected them to be in 2016 and lest we not forget, they’re still the school who has the most hardware between the two programs. Frank Solich's Bobcats are, once again, quietly competing for another MAC East division title as they enter this game tied for first place with Akron. This could be a rematch for all the chips in December.

Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern, 7:30 PM, October 27 (ESPNU) - Deeper Than Hate. Georgia Southern. Appalachian State. Both are currently trailing Troy for the Sun Belt title so neither team can afford a loss. The Mountaineers have won four of the last five meetings.

#22 Navy vs. South Florida, 7:00 PM, October 28 (ESPN2) - Navy leads the AAC West and it would be an absolute shock at this point if The Midshipmen don’t appear in the AAC Championship Game. USF must win out if they are to have any shot at the AAC East division title due to their loss against Temple. Both Navy and USF have allowed under four yards per carry in conference play thus far so whoever wins the game may come down to has more success through the air.

Other games of note: San Diego State vs. Utah State; Central Florida vs. Houston; Middle Tennessee vs. Florida International; Tulsa vs. Memphis