As Clemson steamrolled Notre Dame and Alabama ran all over the Sooners from Oklahoma, the AAC Playoff is just heating up. Round 1 saw a slight upset but round 2 is where the big names are finally put to the test.
The rules are the same as last round, and if you aren’t caught up, make sure to check out our previous article to get all the information. With all that said, let’s dive into round number two.
9) Navy at 1) UCF
Navy got by USF in round 1, but round 2 is a whole new challenge. UCF, coming off of a season ending injury to star QB McKenzie Milton, took care of business at USF in their regular season finale, but struggled against Navy earlier in the year. Both teams beat Memphis by a point, but UCF has too much speed for the Navy defense to hold on. The Knights squeeze out a tough victory against Navy and advance to the next round.
5) Houston at 4) Memphis
Houston didn’t have a hard time handling UCONN, but Memphis has the speed to hang with anyone in the conference. Darnell Henderson, an AP All-American, leads the Tigers with over 1900 rushing yards and is a nightmare for any defense to handle. Memphis ran all over Houston earlier in the season, and that’s what happens again as the Tigers take care of business to advance to the third round.
7) SMU at 2) Temple
The Owls started the year on a horrible note, losing to Villanova and Buffalo before winning seven games in the AAC. SMU snuck by Tulsa in the first round, but a Temple is heating up at the right time. Quarterback Anthony Russo has been key to the success of the Owls as the defense continues to cause fits for opponents. SMU has athleticism, but lacks the toughness to get past the Owls. Temple barely gets by and looks to continue their hot streak in the third round.
6) Tulane at 3) Cincinnati
The Bearcats have struggled against the top two teams in the league, but took care of business against their weaker opponents. Tulane was no exception to this as the Bearcats bruised and battered the Green Wave in route to a homecoming victory. Michael Warren II is a complete package because of his ability to break away from defenders and create big plays. Tulane has no true passing quarterback and relies heavily on the ground game, which the Bearcats took away in their last meeting. The Bearcats pull away in the second half and secure a spot in the semifinals.
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