Right when you think you know what’s going on, you don’t. Teams in the AAC continue to fluctuate their performances, which makes us scratch our heads on a weekly basis. Tulane and Temple lead the way in utter confusion. The Green Wave were supposed to be a contender, started 1-3, and beat Memphis this weekend (who we thought to be a contender). Temple lost their first two games, and then beat Maryland. They just gave Boston College everything they could until the Eagles pulled away. Despite the confusion, the AAC does have at least one team that is consistent, and that team should be getting more respect than they currently receive. Here’s what we learned in Week 5!
Memphis might not be the contender we once thought.
There were many who believed that the Memphis Tigers could be a conference contender coming into this season. That perception took a big hit Friday night with their loss to Tulane. Brady White couldn’t find any time to throw, and the Green Wave front seven lived in the Tigers backfield all night. The blame falls on the offensive line, which is unfortunate considering the progress they made last year. Memphis’ second conference loss puts them in the back seat, and they are going to need some help if they want to win the division. Tulane, meanwhile, continues to confuse us as much as Temple.
Ryquell Armstead is breaking out.
We’ve been waiting for Temple’s back to show why so many were excited about him last year, and he might be on his way to a career year. The Owls may have lost, but Armstead wasn’t to blame. He rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns against Boston College, as Temple fell to the Eagles 45-35. Boston College lost AJ Dillon to injury late in the game, giving Temple a chance to take the lead, but the Owls couldn’t capitalize. Armstead’s performance gives him his fourth consecutive 100 yard rushing game, and we should expect more of the same in the future.
Power 5 teams continue to struggle against UCF
Pitt became the Knights latest victim in UCF’s 45-13 win Saturday. McKenzie Milton continues to dominate any opponent, accounting for all six of UCF’s touchdowns. The Knights improved to 17-0 in their last 17 games, including three wins over Power 5 opponents. UCF continues to be overlooked because they play in the AAC, but teams should be afraid. Their offense continues to do whatever they want on Saturdays, and there isn’t a foreseeable loss on the schedule.