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P6 Pick’em: The Battle for the AAC East

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Cincinnati and Temple look to remain undefeated in conference play.

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Not much has changed in the standings. Everyone is within a few games of each other, but the next few weeks might change that. A few close lines could mean that we see differences in opinions. The AAC has a chance to notch two SEC wins, and an underrated matchup is our game of the week.

Game of the Week

#20 Cincinnati (+3.5) at Temple— Saturday, 11:00am CT

To prove how little respect Cincinnati is getting, they’re a 3.5 point underdog against a 4-3 team. Granted, Temple is playing better as of late, but the Bearcats are undefeated and a Top 20 team! Still, this should be a tight game. Temple’s defense might be the best the Cincinnati faces, and will test freshman Desmond Ridder. The AAC East is still wide open despite what people think, and Temple is still in the conversation with a 3-0 conference record.

Michael: Cincinnati 30 Temple 24

Joe B: Cincinnati 27 Temple 20

Eric: Temple 24 Cincinnati 20

Joe S: Temple 27 Cincinnati 24

Rest of the AAC

Memphis (+10) at Missouri— Saturday, 3:00pm CT

A great way to move on from a frustrating loss would be to beat an SEC team. Memphis’ offense can score points, but it will come down to what their defense can do against Drew Lock and Missouri’s offense.

Michael: Missouri 42 Memphis 28

Joe B: Missouri 38 Memphis 30

Eric: Memphis 45 Missouri 38

Joe S: Missouri 41 Memphis 30

Tulsa (+7) at Arkansas— Saturday 11:00am CT

Tulsa can’t possibly beat Arkansas, can they? If Seth Boomer can be average, the Golden Hurricane offense will be better. That’s a big “if” though.

Michael: Tulsa 34 Arkansas 31

Joe B: Arkansas 31 Tulsa 28

Eric: Tulsa 28 Arkansas 24

Joe S: Arkansas 33 Tulsa 24

Houston (-12) at Navy— Saturday, 2:30pm CT

Houston won the matchup last year, and it’s going to be tough for Navy to keep up with the 2018 Cougars offense. The Midshipmen should find success against the Cougars defense, though. Is Garrett Lewis the quarterback for the rest of the season?

Michael: Houston 38 Navy 24

Joe B: Houston 35 Navy 14

Eric: Houston 42 Navy 17

Joe S: Houston 45 Navy 21

SMU (+7) at Tulane— Saturday, 2:30pm CT

Two teams that we don’t understand compete this weekend for second place in the AAC West. Tulane’s already beaten Memphis at home, but SMU is trying to prove they are better than their record indicates.

Michael: Tulane 34 SMU 31

Joe B: Tulane 30 SMU 27

Eric: Tulane 27 SMU 20

Joe S: Tulane 31 SMU 24

#10 UCF (-21.5) at ECU— Saturday, 6:00pm CT

Part 1 this week of: How many points will the team from Florida score?

Michael: UCF 56 ECU 21

Joe B: UCF 42 ECU 17

Eric: UCF 55 ECU 20

Joe S: UCF 49 ECU 13

UConn (+34) at #21 USF— Saturday, 6:00pm

Part 2 of: How many points will the team from Florida score?

Michael: USF 38 UConn 17

Joe B: USF 49 UConn 21

Eric: USF 35 UConn 14

Joe S: USF 45 UConn 17