Who knew we could learn so much from just a short list of games. The AAC saw a couple teams participate this weekend, but both game produced some interesting information. Even a team that didn’t play made news. What did we learn from the conference in Week 2? Find out below.
USF gets off on the right foot
Granted, it was from the Citadel punter’s right foot, but it ended in a touchdown for the Bulls.
Jeff Scott got his first win as the head coach of USF over a Citadel team that largely struggled. USF did most of their damage on the ground, rushing for 302 yards to just 102 passing, but who needs to pass when you’re averaging 7.7 yards per carry? The punt above also helped the Bulls get on the board too.
Houston and Baylor reach a deal
With the Houston-Memphis game being postponed, the Cougars wasted little time finding a replacement. Instead of playing the Tigers on Friday the 18th, they’ll head to Waco to face the Bears on Saturday the 19th. In addition to this game, Houston and Baylor agreed to a home-and-home in the future. Overall, this is a great upgrade for the Coogs. Not only do they get a Power 5 opponent this year, one that Dana Holgorsen’s already knows, but they get two more games against the Bears in the future.
Houston’s looking to rebound after a 4-8 season, and a win this weekend would be a great way to get that started. Baylor finished second in the Big 12 last year, and it should feature a battle between the two quarterbacks. Baylor’s Charlie Brewer was a big reason the Bears had so much success last year, and Clayton Tune’s looking to break out in 2020. Whether or not the Coogs get Memphis back on the schedule remains a question, but this is tremendous work all around by the staff at Houston.
Don’t count out Tulane
The Green Wave’s 2020 season got off to a rough start, but they found a way to turn it around quickly and come away with a win. They faced a 24-6 deficit with 7:38 left in the third quarter against South Alabama, but they never gave up. Quarterback Keon Howard led three scoring drives to put the Green Wave ahead with 3:18 remaining, and the defense held on from there. Howard only threw for 190 yards, but a good number of those came in the clutch, which is promising for this offense going forward. If you’re counting this team out, think again. We saw what they’re capable of last year, and it appears they haven’t lost the magic in 2020 as they came away with a thrilling 27-24 win over the Jaguars.