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AAC Power Rankings Week 3

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We may be seeing major shifts in the rankings going forward.

NCAA Football: Georgia State at Memphis Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

1. UCF (2-0)

Hurricane Florence forced a cancellation of the Knights game against North Carolina. The Tar Heels avoid going 0-2 against the AAC.

2. USF (3-0)

Just one week after beating Georgia Tech, the Bulls almost lost to Illinois. Luckily, USF woke up and pulled out a win. Jordan Conkrite introduced himself to fans by eclipsing the 100 yard mark rushing in this game.

3. Cincinnati (3-0)

Defense and a more consistent offensive attack have moved the Bearcats from the bottom of the conference all the way up here in just three weeks. The defense is giving up just eight points per game.

4. Houston (2-1)

Losing to Texas Tech feels like a major letdown with where this team should be. It may be time for Major Applewhite to find a new defensive coordinator. D’Eriq King may be better than Greg Ward.

5. Memphis (2-1)

See what happens when the conditions are in their favor? Georgia State never stood a chance. Darrell Henderson continues to tear apart defenses to aid the Tigers passing attack.

6. Navy (2-1)

Malcolm Perry is electric with the ball in his hands, and his biggest competition comes from his own position group. Garrett Lewis and Zach Abey both have seen time in all three Midshipmen games, which may have limited Perry’s stats. Navy’s currently in the driver seat in the AAC West.

7. Tulane (1-2)

It’s not the UAB is bad, it’s that Tulane had higher expectations than this. The Green Wave’s schedule doesn’t allow for a loss to the Blazers, and suddenly a bowl game seems like a reach.

8. UConn (1-2)

For those who weren’t listening, we told you UConn’s offense could score. Before you say it, yes, we knew their defense was awful. David Pindell is dangerous with the ball in his hands, and it showed against Rhode Island.

9. Temple (1-2)

Ummmmmmmmmm.....let’s get this straight. Lose to Villanova. Lose to Buffalo. Both at home. Then, beat Maryland by 21 on the road? Doesn’t make sense. Have we seen the last of Frank Nutile?

10. Tulsa (1-2)

You know what they say, close doesn’t count. Tulsa is 16 points away from being 3-0 instead of 1-2, but couldn’t pull off the upset against Arkansas State. At least the defense is keeping things closer than last year.

11. ECU (1-1)

Only ECU could move down in the power rankings after not playing. To be fair, they most likely would have moved down after playing Virginia Tech anyways. The good news is they aren’t in last.

12. SMU (0-3)

Ben Hicks’ time at quarterback may be over, which sucks if you watched him play last year. The Sonny Dykes-Ben Hicks marriage has not gone well, which has easily been the biggest disappointment in the conference.