What We Learned: The American, Championship Edition

With a Louisville overtime win over Cincinnati on Thursday, UCF had clinched the American conference crown before even playing their game against SMU. However, the Knights overcame the bitter cold and the Mustangs in Dallas anyway on Saturday to win the conference outright. Ultimately, half of the AAC qualified for a bowl game with Rutgers' […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 14

After Week 14 of the 2013 college football season, the picture has become really clear in The American. What we learned is that UCF has already claimed a share of the conference title and could win the AAC outright with a victory over SMU next week. Temple's win this week also ensured that no team […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 13

The 2013 college football regular season is flying to a close and what we learned after Week 13 in the American is that there will be unfinished business. UCF, unbeaten in AAC play, defeated Louisville earlier this year but avoids red-hot Cincinnati as the Knights look to wrap up the league's first title in the […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 12

Despite a couple of scares, the top teams in the American conference held their place in the standings. UCF, unbeaten in AAC play, scored an improbable last second victory over Temple. Louisville had to grind out a win against Houston. Cincinnati was more fortunate and had a very comfortable and impressive win over Rutgers. What […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 11

The two ranked teams in the American (#15 UCF, #19 Louisville-rankings after Saturday) held serve in Week 11. Houston lost control of their destiny with their narrow loss to UCF, which also put the Knights in the AAC driver's seat for the rest of the season. UCF is now the only remaining unbeaten team in […]

What We Learned: The American In Week 10

Rutgers was tested by Temple, but came through in the end. Photo credit: USA Today Sports. There were only three games in Week 10 featuring teams in the American Athletic Conference. It was all chalk as the favored teams won all three contests…although Temple made it tougher than expected for Rutgers. What did we learn […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 9

Points were the name of the game in Week 9 in the American and lots of them were scored. The four winners in the AAC (Houston, Louisville, SMU and UCF) this week put up an average of 51 points in their games. Three of the games were blowouts while Temple put up a surprising fight […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 8

Given UCF's upset of #8 Louisville this week, the competitive spirit of the Big East appears to be alive and well in the American Athletic Conference. In the 22 seasons of Big East football, the team which won the conference was only undefeated in conference play 10 times. Since the first big shift to makeup […]

What We Learned: The American In Week 7

Conference play in The American moved through another week and there is quite a surprise three-way tie for first between Houston, Louisville and South Florida. All three teams are 2-0 in conference play and UCF, which was off this week, is the only other undefeated team in American play at 1-0. Temple, by contrast, was […]

What We Learned: The American in Week 6

Photo: USA Today Sports There were only four games on tap featuring teams in the American in Week 6. What did we learn? Louisville continued to impress while other contenders for the league crown seemingly faded while playing league games. However, UCF and Rutgers survived and advanced in league play while Cincinnati might have shown […]

What We Learned: The American In Week 5

The American had teams involved in six games this past week. Just one of those teams, Houston, got a victory. Despite four teams having a bye (three of which are among the league's best), it was a disastrous week for The American. Three league teams (UConn, South Florida and Temple) remain winless after suffering defeats […]

What We Learned: The American In Week 4

The American finished 5-2 in Week 4. After enduring losses to FCS competition, the AAC scored a win over an SEC team and nearly beat a ranked Big Ten squad this past week. The only bad loss for the league this week was an expected one by SMU to Texas A&M. Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville […]