Week 7 of college football was labeled as the best of the season thus far, and it didn’t disappoint. In the AAC, we saw a crazy upset, a struggling program produce a solid win, and a team navigate yet another round of turmoil. You could make the argument this is the most confusing and entertaining conference in college football and you wouldn’t be wrong. This is a fun season already.
Another undefeated goes down
Along with this, Temple might be the most bipolar team in the country. The Owls pulled off another stunner of an upset by taking down undefeated Memphis this weekend. Their win was aided by a controversial replay review (then again, aren’t don’t all games feature some sort of weird reviews?). Joey Magnifico hauled in what appeared to be a first down catch on 4th-and-9 for the Tigers, but officials overturned the call after watching the replay. You can certainly make an argument that there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call, but the officials did. Memphis got yet another chance to score with 48 seconds left, but couldn’t. Temple puts themselves in a great position to make the conference championship game, and improved to 5-1 on the season.
There’s life in USF’s program
After how the season began for the Bulls, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them struggle against a team like BYU. Luckily for Charlie Strong, his kids dug deep and pulled out a win against the Cougars. Jordan Cronkrite rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score. Besides their one scoring drive in the first half, the Bulls offense produced just 18 yards of offense (104 total including their scoring drive), but amassed 181 in the second half. Is this the spark that USF needed? We’ll find out when they take on Navy next.
Houston is definitely not tanking
Despite their loss to Cincinnati, the Houston Cougars showed they’re not tanking. A handful of mental mistakes cost the Coogs the game (along with a handful of questionable decisions from the officials), but there’s no quit in this team. Guys were flying around and playing with great energy all game, but they came up short. Former offensive lineman Justin Murphy made some noise by saying that Dana Holgorsen was allowing his players to “tank”, but we saw that’s far from the case. This is an inconsistent team still learning how to play winning football, but their energy levels suggest anything but giving up.