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Three things we learned from the AAC in Week 4

Plenty of chaos highlights Week 4, and the West division gets more crowded by the week.

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Week 4 gave us some insanity to our normal college football weekend, and we’re mostly okay with it. Granted, we peaked in excitement on Thursday, but there were more entertaining games on Saturday. We’re a month into the season already, and we continue to learn more and more from this conference. Including one team coming down to earth.

UCF is human

It finally came to an end. The UCF Knights regular season winning streak crashed down on the road against the Pitt Panthers. There were many things that led to the loss, but it also lifted a huge weight off the Knights’ collective shoulders. No longer must they worry about keeping the streak alive. They don’t have to worry about if they have a shot at the playoff. Now, they can just play ball. For those who think the sky is falling, it’s not. UCF’s still the team to beat in the conference, and all of the attention they’re receiving comes with the territory. When Alabama and Clemson lose, the same amount of chatter occurs. Just keep that in mind. People don’t care if you’re bad.

Willie Fritz is a magician

As we mentioned, the thrills began on Thursday in the Tulane-Houston game. Houston’s D’Eriq King broke Tim Tebow’s record for most consecutive games with a rushing and passing touchdown, and the Cougars were getting their footing. Then, in 14 seconds, the game was over. Tulane appeared to be taking a knee, only to run a trick play. Then, a combination of a dart from Justin McMillan and some poor tackling by Houston’s safeties put the Green Wave up for good. It’s as thrilling of a win you can experience, and arguably one of the most disheartening ways to lose one.

SMU (and Tulane) are legit

While Tulane pulled off some magic Thursday, the Mustangs went to work. Against a TCU team that had SMU’s number, things went in favor of the road team. SMU went to Fort Worth and pulled off an upset in a game they were 9.5 point underdogs. Shane Buchele’s running the offense with supreme confidence, and the AAC West continues to become more crowded. The front runners appear to be Memphis, Tulane, and SMU, but don’t count out Houston, Tulsa or Navy yet either.