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CFB-FBS: American Athletic Conference Week 6 Previews

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000/FieldTurf)
Annapolis, Maryland
Television: CBS Sports Network
John Sadak, Randy Cross and Sheehan Stanwick Burch
North Texas Radio Navy Radio
KEGL-FM 97.1 WBAL-AM 1090
SiriusXM 138 or 201

Saturday’s game will be the second meeting between North Texas and Navy … The only previous meeting came in 2007, when the Midshipmen won a wild 74-62 shootout in Denton, Texas … That game set an NCAA FBS record for combined points (since broken by Pitt and Syracuse in 2016) as Navy rushed for 572 yards and eight touchdowns.

2-2, 0-0 American
Head Coach: Eric Morris (Texas Tech ’08) – 2-2, first season at North Texas / 26-20, fifth season as collegiate head coach

North Texas stumbled out of the gate with losses to California and FIU, but the Mean Green has won its last two with victories against Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian … North Texas leads The American in total offense at 466.3 yards per game, while the scoring average of 36.3 ppg is second in the conference … North Texas is 2-0 since QB Chandler Rogers became the starter … Rogers has completed 61 of 99 passes for 845 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception … RB Ayo Adeyi has 292 yards and two touchdowns … WR Ja’Mori Maclin has 13 catches for 348 yards and five touchdowns, while WR Damon Ward has four TDs among his nine catches … K Noah Rauschenberg has gone 7-for-8 on field goals and is The American’s leading scorer (9.3 ppg).

1-3, 0-2 American
Head Coach: Brian Newberry (Baylor ’98) – 1-3, first season

Navy looks to snap a two-game slide after the Midshipmen fell 44-30 to South Florida last Saturday in Annapolis … The Midshipmen began their season Aug. 26 against Notre Dame and won’t finish the regular season until Dec. 9 against Army, making for the longest regular season of any NCAA team … Navy enters Saturday’s game ranked fifth nationally in rushing at 227.5 yards per game … QB Tai Lavatai has completed 22 of 43 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns … The rushing leader is FB Alex Tecza, who has 291 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries … WR Brandon Chatman has six receptions for 108 yards and is the leading receiver … LB Will Harbour leads the defense with 31 tackles, while LB Xavier McDonald has two sacks … S Rayuan Lane has a team-high two interceptions and six pass breakups.

SATURDAY, OCT. 7 • 3:30 P.M. • CBSSN
Lincoln Financial Field (67,594/Natural Grass)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Television: ESPN+
Noah Reed and Barrett Brooks
UTSA Radio Temple Radio
KTXR-AM 760 WPEN-FM 97.5
SiriusXM 380

Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between UTSA and Temple as the Roadrunners play their first American Athletic Conference game … The trip to Philadelphia will mark the northernmost game site for UTSA since a Nov. 17, 2012, contest at Idaho … The game will be the first of three for Temple against first-time opponents in 2023.

1-3, 0-0 American
Head Coach: Jeff Traylor (Stephen F. Austin ’90) – 31-13, fourth season

UTSA looks to snap a two-game slide after a 45-14 setback at Tennessee Sept. 23 … The Roadrunners were idle last week … The Roadrunners were 1-2 through three games last season and responded with 10 consecutive wins on their way to the Conference USA title … Veteran QB Frank Harris has missed the last two games (against Army and Tennessee) with a toe injury … Harris has thrown for 423 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions in two games, while QB Eddie Lee Marburger has completed 29 of 47 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns and one interception … RB Kevorian Barnes has rushed for 285 yards and a touchdown … WR Joshua Cephus is the leading receiver with 31 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns … LB Trey Moore leads the team with four sacks and 19 tackles.

2-3, 0-1 American
Head Coach: Stan Drayton (Allegheny ’93) – 5-12, second season

Temple has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after the Owls fell 48-26 at Tulsa last Thursday … Temple had won two of its first three games, with victories against Akron (24-21) and Norfolk State (41-9) … The game against UTSA is the first of three straight games against Texas-based schools for the Owls, who visit Norh Texas next week before hosting SMU Oct. 20 … QB E.J. Warner has passed for 1,269 yards with seven touchdowns in his sophomore season … RB Joquez Smith, a freshman, is the leading rusher with 217 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries … WR Amad Anderson Jr. has 25 catches for 372 yards and a touchdown … S Tywan Francis has a team-high 37 tackles and the Owls’ only defensive interception … LB Jordan Magee has six tackles for loss among his 33 total stops.

Protective Stadium (47,100/FieldTurf)
Birmingham, Alabama
Television: ESPN2
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison and Stormy Buonantony
South Florida Radio UAB Radio
WHPT-FM 102.5 WJOX-FM 94.5

Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between UAB and South Florida … The series is tied at 1-1 … The schools split a pair of matchups in 2003 and 2004, when both schools were members of Conference USA … Each team won on the other’s home field … South Florida was a 45-20 winner at Legion Field in the most recent matchup.

3-2, 2-0 American
Head Coach: Alex Golesh (Ohio State ’06) – 3-2, first season

South Florida is off to a 2-0 start in American Athletic Conference play for the first time since the 2018 season after the Bulls took a 44-30 win at Navy last Saturday … That win snapped a 19-game road losing streak and was the Bulls’ first road win since a 45-20 victory at East Carolina Oct. 26, 2019 … QB Byrum Brown has passed for 1,223 yards and nine touchdowns and leads the Bulls in rushing with 324 yards and five TDs … RB Nay’Quan Wright has rushed for 287 yards and two touchdowns on 70 carries … WR Sean Atkins has team highs with 28 receptions, 331 yards and three touchdown catches, while WR Naiem Simmons has 20 catches for 380 yards and two TDs … S Daquan Evans has team-highs with nine tackles for loss and three sacks to go with 28 tackles … S Logan Berryhill has two interceptions.

1-4, 0-1 American
Head Coach: Trent Dilfer (Fresno State) 1-4, first season

UAB opened the season with a win against North Carolina A&T, but the Blazers look to snap a four-game losing streak after a 35-23 setback at Tulane last Saturday … The ledger also includes a 49-21 loss at No. 1 Georgia Sept. 23 … QB Jacob Zeno, a transfer from Baylor, has been a right spot … Zeno has completed 157 of 208 passes for 1,442 yards and eight touchdowns against four interceptions … RB Isaiah Jacobs is the leader in the backfield with 249 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries … Five players have at least 100 receiving yards, including WR Amare Thomas, a true freshman, is the leading receiver with 23 catches for 227 yards and a touchdown … WR Tejhaun Palmer has 20 catches for 231 yards and a TD … LB Jackson Bratton has 27 tackles to go with team highs of two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Rice Stadium (47,000/FieldTurf)
Houston, Texas
Television: ESPN+
Shawn Kenney, Ladarrin McLane and Smacker Miles
Radio: Varsity Network / SiriusXM 387

Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between UConn and Rice … The game its a first-year member of the American Athletic Conference against a former member of the league … UConn, which competed in The American from 2013-19, has gone 0-2 against American teams since the 2021 season.

Head Coach
Jim Mora (Washington ‘84) – 6-12, second season at UConn / 52-42, eighth season as collegiate head coach

UConn went 6-7 last season and played in the Myrtle Beach Bowl in Jim Mora’s first season with the Huskies, but the Huskies look for their first win of the 2023 season after a heartbreaking 34-33 loss to Utah State … UConn had a 17-0 lead against the Aggies, but saw Utah State build a 34-27 fourth-quarter lead … The Huskies got a touchdown with 40 seconds left, but missed the PAT that would have tied the game … QB Ta’Quan Roberson has passed for 755 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions … RB Victor Rosa has 310 rushing yards and two TDs on 57 carries … WR Brett Buckman has a team-high 22 receptions for 261 yards … LB Jackson Mitchell is the top defensive player with 47 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

3-2, 1-1 American
Head Coach: Mike Bloomgren (Florida State ’99) 19-41, sixth season

Rice is off to a 3-2 start after the Owls picked up their first American Athletic Conference victory with a 24-17 decision against East Carolina last Saturday in Houston … The only losses for the Owls were a 37-10 setback to a Texas team that is ranked No. 3 nationally this week and a 44-29 decision at South Florida in Week 4 … The catalyst on offense has been QB JT Daniels … Daniels leads The American in passing at 293.8 yards per game and has a league-leading 13 touchdown passes … WR Luke McCaffrey has 23 receptions for 414 yards and four touchdowns, and is third in The American at 82.8 yards per game … Rice averages a league-low 73.0 rushing yards per gamet, hough RB Daelen Alexander has five rushing TDs … LB Myron Morrison leads the defense with 32 tackles, while DE Josh Pearcy has 5.5 tackles for loss.

FAU Stadium (29,495/Natural Grass)
Boca Raton, Florida
Television: ESPN+
Richard Cross and Taylor McHargue

Tulsa Radio Florida Atlantic Radio
KXBL-FM 99.5 WMEN-AM 640
SiriusXM 389

Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between Tulsa and Florida Atlantic … The series is tied at 1-1 after the teams split a pair of matchups in 2014 and 2015 … Florida Atlantic took a 50-21 win in 2014 in a Conference USA meeting, while Tulsa won 47-44 in overtime in 2015
in the Golden Hurricane’s first season in The American.

2-2, 0-0 American
Head Coach: Kevin Wilson (North Carolina ’84) – \2-2, first season at Tulsa / 27-49, seventh season as collegiate head coach

Tulsa takes a modest two-game winning streak into Saturday’s game after the Golden Hurricane scored a 48-26 win at Temple last Thursday … Tulsa’s two losses were to nationally ranked opponents — 43-10 at Washington and 66-17 to Oklahoma … QB Cardell Williams, who began the season second on the depth chart, has stepped in as the regular starter and has completed 52 of 82 passes for 840 yards and eight touchdowns against five interceptions … RB Anthony Watkins has rushed for 320 yards, while RB Jordan Ford has 237 yards through five games … WR Marquis Shoulders has team highs with 283 receiving yards and five touchdown catches … S Kendarin Ray leads The American with 46 tackles, while DE Ben Kopenski has 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

1-3, 0-1 American
Head Coach: Tom Herman (Cal Lutheran ’97) – 1-3, first season at Florida Atlantic / 55-24, seventh season as collegiate head coach

Florida Atlantic opened the season with a solid 42-20 win against Monmouth, but the Owls look to regroup following losses to Ohio (17-10), Clemson (48-14) and Illinois (23-17) … The Owls were idle in Week 5 … The loss to Clemson was costly as QB Casey Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the game … QB Daniel Richardson, a transfer from Central Michigan, has taken over as the starter and has passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns … RB Larry McCammon has rushed for 237 yards and a touchdown in three games … WR Lajohntay Wester has 43 receptions for 401 yards and two touchdowns and is ranked second nationally with 10.8 receptions per game … DE Marlon Bradley leads the defense with three sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

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