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Three Things We Learned about the AAC in Week Two

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Houston and Navy hold the line, but watch out for Tulane in the rear view.

Lamar v Houston
Houston’s Brandon Wilson turns on the jets and leaves his opponents in the dust, in a season where Houston could be doing this right into January.
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Houston is even deeper than we thought

Last week Houston showed how for-real they are, taking out what was arguably the stiffest competition on their schedule all year. While something could still go wrong between now and December (do not forget about last years UConn game), the Cougars were fairly confident this week against the Cardinals, pulling their starters and still managing to roll 42-0.

QB Kyle Postma held the line, finishing 14/25 with 125 yards, and the Coogs still had three 100+ yard rushers as they prepare for their short prep for Cincinnati (the two meet on Thursday). They’ll need the rest, as AAC competition remains tough all over, but should any problems arise we know this is not only a deep team, but possibly the best Cougar squad of all time.

Navy is gonna be okay

Starting QB Tago Smith suffered a season-ending knee-injury in a wild first week, in a game where their third string was suspended and their fourth string started the game in the stands. Week Two saw them right the ship (sorry), as new starter Will Worth went 6/8 for 130 yards, while rushing for another 44 and two touchdowns.

Despite a fierce rally from UConn in the third quarter, the Midshipmen showed this is not a blown season, hanging on for the victory, 28-24.

Tulane is scary

Yes, Tulane. Not exactly a name that has commanded respect on the football field in most years, football fandom was certainly confused when the Green Wave, of all teams, was given the nod to join the AAC in 2014. But the administration at Tulane apparently wants to win— who knew?— hiring high-scoring head coach Willie Fritz in the offseason, a coach who brought FCS Sam Houston State to prominence, and also gave the Power Five fits last year as Georgia Southern struck that fear into opponents that Tulane only wishes it could.

Week One was a giant question mark, as they fought for all four quarters against Wake Forest, for what would be a 7-3 loss. Well, week two has shown us just what was at stake, as apparently this year’s Wake Forest is pretty good after all, beating a very good Duke 24-14, as elsewhere Tulane obliterated FCS Southern 66-21. These are two good teams and will continue to get better, and Willie Fritz will be one to watch, not just at Tulane but at whatever Power Five team eventually comes calling.