What. A. Week. Just when you think you have this conference down, they throw a big curveball at you. While the AAC East may still be normal (for now), the West is now chaos. Four teams are now in contention for the West, and anything can happen. Meanwhile, an AAC East showdown looms next week, and College GameDay will be there to celebrate.
The race to join Darrell Henderson on the All-Conference team is heating up.
Henderson was in a league of his own for most of the season, but it appears that things are beginning to heat up for second place. Cincinnati’s Michael Warren II and Temple’s Ryquell Armstead combined for 361 yards and 10 TOUCHDOWNS this past weekend. Cincinnati used Warren’s three rushing and one receiving to beat USF, and Armstead’s six rushing scores were all needed to put away Houston. It may be tough for either of them to catch Henderson, and one of them may be left out at the end of the year.
SMU now leads the AAC West.
With Houston’s loss to Temple, SMU and Tulane moved into a tie with the Cougars for the AAC West. If the season ended today, SMU would be in because they’ve defeated both Houston and Tulane. At one point in the season, the Mustangs were at the bottom of the conference, but now they sit stop the West. Chaos has led them to this spot, but they still need to face Tulsa and Memphis to secure a spot in the conference championship. They control their own destiny, and that’s weird to think heading into the final two games. Houston was once believed to be a guaranteed winner of the West title, but now they need help to get that spot back.
Two Montgomery’s could be on their way out.
ECU and Tulsa could be looking for new head coaches by the end of the year. If your head coach has a last name of Montgomery, he may not be back next season. Scottie (ECU) and Phillip (Tulsa) find themselves with uncertain futures since success has evaded them during their tenures at their respective schools. They’ve gone a combined 22-46 in their three seasons, and if you take out Phillip’s first season, that record falls to 12-43. Both the Pirates ad Golden Hurricane have looked like better teams than they were last year, but that might not make a difference. They also might have worse records. Which one will be fired first?