In every game this week featuring a team from the AAC, a conference team participating came out with a win. Memphis got things started with a thrilling win over Navy, and we ended the weekend with a big Houston win over North Texas. What did we learn between those two games? The AAC’s dominated in a certain way, the Memphis Tigers have potential, and a UCF player’s draft stock continues to rise.
AAC has dominated other Group of 5 competition
While performances against Power 5 competition haven’t ended well, the AAC has taken care of business against their fellow Group of 5 conferences. Especially Conference USA. The conference has gone 12-1 this year against Group of 5 competition, and added three wins against Conference USA this weekend. That pushes their record to 6-0 against Conference USA in 2019. It seemed like the AAC struggled last year to separate themselves from the other G5 teams, but are doing a great job of succeeding this year.
Memphis will go as far as Brady White takes them
It became simple for the Memphis Tigers offense on Thursday. Brady White will take them as far as they can go, but will also hold them back. Granted, there were times when the offensive line didn’t give him time to throw, but White showed what his impact will be on the offense. The knock on him last year was that he didn’t play well in big games. Navy’s defense put pressure on White early in the game, and he looked uncomfortable. In the second half, we saw how great he can be. White made a handful of big time throws (including a bomb for a score) that helped the Tigers pull away. If Memphis wants to win the AAC West or the conference, White will lead them there. It’s just a matter of consistency.
Gabriel Davis’ draft stock continues to rise
UCF didn’t have one 1,000 yard receiver last year, but that looks like it won’t happen again this year. Gabriel Davis is off to a hot start, and he only gets better as the season continues. Davis caught five passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against UConn. That gives him 15 catches for 270 yards and five touchdowns in the last two games. With his frame and great hands, NFL scouts will love what they see from him this year. UCF’s passing game has taken off since Dillon Gabriel took over at quarterback, but Davis elevated his game as well. His quest to eclipse 1,000 won’t be a problem this year, and his draft stock continues to rise with each great performance.