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CFB: Week 11 Previews – American Athletic Conference (AAC)


THURSDAY, NOV. 10 • 7:30 P.M. • ESPN
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium (58,325/AstroTurf)
Memphis, Tennessee
Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick and Harry Lyles Jr.
Tulsa Radio Memphis Radio
KXBL-FM 99.5 WKIM-FM 98.9
SiriusXM 381/971

Thursday’s game will be the 32nd meeting between Tulsa and Memphis in a series that dates to 1961 … Memphis holds a 19-12 series lead … Tulsa took last year’s meeting 35-29 behind a 44-yard touchdown run by RB Anthony Watkins with 4:28 left … Memphis QB Seth Henigan passed for 463 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

3-6, 1-4 American
Head Coach
Philip Montgomery (Tarleton State ’95) 41-52, eighth season

Tulsa looks to emerge from a run of five losses in six games after a 27-13 setback to Tulane last Saturday … QB Davis Brin has completed 143 of 237 passes for 2,090 yards and 17 touchdowns against seven interceptions … Brin was injured during the Oct. 29 game against SMU and did not play last week against Tulane … QB Braylon Braxton made his first career start last week … Braxton has thrown for 387 yards and five touchdowns and has two rushing TDs … WR Keylon Stokes has 57 receptions for 964 yards and five touchdowns and is averaging 107.1 yards per game (fourth nationally) … RB Deneric Prince has 438 rushing yards and three touchdowns in five games … S Bryson Powers has 80 tackles, while LB Justin Wright has 71 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

4-5, 2-4 American
Head Coach
Ryan Silverfield (Hamden-Sydney ’03) 18-17, third season

Memphis enters Thursday’s game looking to snap a four-game slide after the Tigers fell 35-28 to UCF last Saturday … Memphis strung together four consecutive wins after a season-opening loss to Mississippi State, but is looking for its first victory since Oct. 1 … QB Seth Henigan has completed 204 of 314 passes for 2,508 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions … TE Caden Prieskorn has 36 receptions for 454 yards and a teamhigh six touchdowns and is one of five Memphis players with at least 300 receiving yards … RB Asa Martin (300 yards) leads a group of four Memphis players with at least 200 rushing yards … LB Xavier Cullens has a team-high 74 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries … P Joe Doyle leads The American and is second nationally in punting average (47.9).

FRIDAY, NOV. 11 • 8 P.M. • ESPN2
Nippert Stadium (40,000/UBU Speed Series 55-M)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Roy Philpott, Andre Ware and Paul Carcaterra
East Carolina Radio Cincinnati Radio
WNCT-FM 107.9 WLW-AM 700
SiriusXM 106/201/967 SiriusXM 111/203/966

Saturday’s game will be the 26th meeting between East Carolina and Cincinnati in a series that dates to 1986 … The Pirates hold a 13-12 series lead, though the Bearcats have won the last four meetings, including a 35-13 victory in Greenville last year … East Carolina is looking for its first win at Nippert Stadium since Nov. 10, 2001 (28-26).

6-3, 3-2 American
Head Coach
Mike Houston (Mars Hill ’94) 20-22, fourth season at East Carolina 100-47, 12th season as collegiate head coach

East Carolina was a 27-24 winner at BYU Oct. 28, giving head coach Mike Houston ample time to celebrate the Pirates’ becoming bowl eligible and his 100th career victory … East Carolina got the game-winning field goal from K Andrew Conrad as time expired to beat BYU … The Pirates have won their last three games … ECU has had two games decided in overtime and two others that swung on field goal attempts as time expired … QB Holton Ahlers has thrown for 2,632 yards and 18 touchdowns and lead all active FBS players in passing yards (12,851) and total offense (14,247) … Ahlers ranks 22nd on the NCAA FBS career passing chart … RB Keaton Mitchell has rushed for 863 yards and nine touchdowns and leads The American in rushing at 107.9 yards per game.

7-2, 4-1 American
Head Coach
Luke Fickell (Ohio State ’97) 55-17, sixth season at Cincinnati 61-24, seventh season as collegiate head coach

Cincinnati bounced back from its first conference loss with a 20-10 win against Navy last week … The Bearcats have won their last 31 games at Nippert Stadium and trail only Clemson (38) for the longest active home winning streak … QB Ben Bryant has completed 190 of 300 passes for 2,358 yards and 18 touchdowns and six interceptions … RB Charles McClelland has rushed for 727 yards and six touchdowns and is fourth in The American at 80.8 yards per game … The leading receiver is WR Tyler Scott, who has 42 catches for 686 yards and eight TDs … LB Ivan Pace Jr., who was named as an Associated Press mid-season All-America selection, has 96 tackles with 18.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and a forced fumble … Pace leads all FBS players with 2.0 tackles for loss per game.

M&T Bank Stadium (70,745/Natural Grass)
Baltimore, Maryland
Dave Flemming, Dan Orlovsky and Kris Budden
Navy Radio
WBAL-AM 1090
SiriusXM 136/201/964

Saturday’s game will be the 93rd meeting between Notre Dame and Navy in a series that dates to 1927 … The schools have met each year since the series started, with the exception of the pandemic-affected 2020 campaign … Notre Dame has won the last four meetings to hold a 78-13-1 series lead.

Head Coach
Marcus Freeman (Ohio State ’07) 6-3, first season

Notre Dame takes a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s game after the Fighting Irish handled No. 4 Clemson 35-14 last Saturday in South Bend … Notre Dame stumbled out of the gate with losses to Ohio State and Marshall, but has won six of its last seven games … The Irish have gone 3-1 against top-25 teams this season and beat a top-five team for the first time since a 2020 win against then-No. 1 Clemson … First-year head coach Marcus Freeman served in The American as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati from 2017-20 … QB Drew Pyne has thrown for 1,278 yards and 14 touchdowns with only four interceptions … TE Michael Mayer has 51 receptions for 624 yards and seven TDs … Mayer holds all of Notre Dame’s receiving records for tight ends … RB Audric Estime has 662 rushing yards with nine touchdowns.

3-6, 3-4 American
Head Coach
Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii ’89) 108-81, 15th season

Navy dropped a 20-10 decision at Cincinnati last Saturday to fall below .500 in the American Athletic Conference standings with one league game remaining (Nov. 19 at UCF) … Navy is the only FBS team that does not play a true home game in November … Navy is second in The American and ninth nationally in rushing at 239.9 yards per game … QB Tai Lavatai suffered a season-ending knee injury in the game against Temple, moving QB Xavier Arline into the starting spot … Arline has rushed for 191 yards on 38 attempts this season … FB Daba Fofana is the leading rusher with 502 yards and five touchdowns … LB John Marshall has 72 tackles with 5.0 sacks, 13.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and seven pass breakups … DE Jacob Busic has 6.0 sacks … CB Elias Larry leads the Midshipmen with two interceptions.

Raymond James Stadium (65,857/Natural Grass)
Tampa, Florida
Kevin Brown and Hutson Mason
SMU Radio South Florida Radio
KTCK-FM 96.7 WHPT-FM 102.5
SiriusXM 383/973

Saturday’s game will be the seventh meeting between SMU and South Florida in a series that began with the American Athletic Conference’s formation in 2013 … The series is tied at 3-3 after SMU’s 41-17 win in Dallas last season … The Mustangs have won two of the three meetings in Tampa.

5-4, 3-2 American
Head Coach
Rhett Lashlee (Arkansas ’08) 5-4, first season

SMU has won three of its last four games after the Mustangs took a wild 77-63 win against Houston last Saturday … The game against the Cougars was the highest-scoring game decided in regulation in FBS history … QB Tanner Mordecai was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after he threw nine touchdown passes and figured in 10 TDs — both conference records — against the Cougars … Mordecai tied the NCAA record with seven TD passes in the first half … Mordecai has thrown for exactly 2,500 yards with 25 touchdowns in 2022 … WR Rashee Rice has 71 receptions for 1,068 yards and eight touchdowns and is the national leader in receiving yards (118.7 ypg) … RB Tyler Lavine has a team-high six rushing touchdowns … DE Nelson Paul has 5.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss.

1-8, 0-5 American
Interim Head Coach
Daniel Da Prato (Louisiana-Monroe ’04) 0-0, first season

South Florida announced Sunday that Jeff Scott has been relieved of his duties as head coach after the Bulls fell 54-28 at Temple to stand at 1-8 … Special teams coordinator Daniel Da Prato will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022 season … The Bulls look
to end a seven-game slide … The Bulls have faced four teams that have been ranked in the top 25 this season (BYU, Florida, Cincinnati, Tulane) … QB Katravis Marsh has thrown for 649 yards and six touchdowns in five games and has taken over as the starter following the season-ending injury to QB Gerry Bohanon … RB Brian Battie, an NCAA consensus All-America pick as a return specialist last year, has rushed for 728 yards and six touchdowns … The defense is led by LB Dwayne Boyles, who has 81 tackles with 9.0 tackles for loss

SATURDAY, NOV. 12 • 3 P.M. • ESPN+
TDECU Stadium (40,000/Synthetic)
Houston, Texas
Richard Cross and Taylor McHargue
Temple Radio Houston Radio
WPEN-FM 97.5 KPRC-AM 950
SiriusXM 389/979

Saturday’s game will be the ninth meeting between Temple and Houston … The Cougars have a 7-1 series lead after last year’s 37-8 victory in Philadelphia … Temple won the last matchup in Houston, 59-49, in 2018 … The schools met in the first American Athletic Conference Championship game (2015), when Houston was a 24-13 winner.

3-6, 1-4 American
Head Coach
Stan Drayton (Allegheny ’93) 3-6, first season

Temple turned in its best performance of the season in a 54-28 victory against South Florida, snapping a four-game slide … The Owls, who had not scored more than 30 points in a game this season, scored 54 points and finished with 621 yards of offense against the Bulls … Freshman QB E.J. Warner had a career-high 344 passing yards against South Florida … Warner has passed for 1,848 yards and 10 touchdowns … RB Edward Saydee has rushed for 555 yards and four TDs after a 265-yard showing last Saturday … WR Jose Barbon leads the team with 599 receiving yards on 46 catches … Adonicas Sanders has 33 receptions for 397 yards and two TDs… LB Layton Jordan has scored three defensive touchdowns … Jordan has 42 tackles with 14.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks … K Camden Price scored 18 points in the win against South Florida.

5-4, 3-2 American
Head Coach
Dana Holgorsen (Iowa Wesleyan ’93) 24-19, fourth season at Houston 85-60, 12th season as collegiate head coach

Houston saw a three-game winning streak end in a wild 77-63 setback at SMU last Saturday … The 63 points are the most by a losing team in a regulation game in NCAA FBS history, while the 140 combined points made it the highest-scoring regulation game … QB Clayton Tune threw for an incredible 527 yards and seven touchdowns and had 111 rushing yards with a TD on the ground … The eight total touchdowns ranks second on The American’s single-game chart, behind only SMU QB Tanner Mordecai, who figured in 10 TDs in the same game … Tune has passed for 2,735 yards and 28 touchdowns … WR Nathaniel Dell has 73 receptions for 919 yards and 12 TDs … LB Donavan Mutin has 60 tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss to lead the defense … DE D’Anthony Jones has 7.5 tackles for loss.

SATURDAY, NOV. 12 • 3:30 P.M. • ESPN2
Yulman Stadium (30,000/UBU Speed Series 5M)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Anish Shroff, Brock Osweiler and Taylor McGregor
UCF Radio Tulane Radio
WYGM-FM 96.9 KVDU-FM 104.1
SiriusXM 381/971

Saturday’s game will be the 12th meeting between UCF and Tulane in a series that dates to 2001 … The Knights have won nine of the first 11 matchups, including each of the last five, after a 14-10 victory last season in Orlando … Tulane’s last win against UCF was a 45-31 decision in New Orleans in 2015.

22/21 UCF
7-2, 4-1 American
Head Coach
Gus Malzahn (Henderson State ’90) 16-6, second season at UCF 93-44, 11th season as collegiate head coach

After entering the national polls last week, UCF moved to No. 21 in the coaches’ poll following a solid 35-28 win at Memphis … UCF is ranked seventh nationally in total offense (496.8 ypg) and eighth in rushing offense (239.9 ypg) … The Knights also boast the nation’s stingiest red
zone defense (61.1%) … QB Mikey Keene made his first start of the season against Memphis as QB John Rhys Plumlee sat out after suffering a head injury against Cincinnati Oct. 29 … Plumlee is tied with RB RJ Harvey for the team lead with 532 rushing yards each … Keene has completed 37 of 49 passes (75.5%) for 395 yards and three TDs … WR Ryan O’Keefe has 49 catches for 536 yards and four touchdowns … DE Tre’mon Morris-Brash has 10.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.

16/17 TULANE
8-1, 5-0 American
Head Coach
Willie Fritz (Pittsburg State ’83) 39-44, seventh season at Tulane 210-113, 25th season as collegiate head coach

Tulane is enjoying its best season and is ranked in the top 25 for the third consecutive week … Tulane has won five straight following a 2713 victory at Tulsa … Tulane is among the national leaders in fewest penalties (third, 3.89 per game) and penalty yards (fourth, 32,4 ypg) … QB Michael Pratt has completed 142 of 213 passes for 1,843 yards and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions … RB Tyjae Spears has 745 rushing yards and 10 TDs, ranking second in The American in both categories … Six players have at least 20 receptions, with WR Dea Dea McDougle atop the list with 23 catches … LB Dorian Williams has 72 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss and an interception, while LB Nick Anderson has 69 stops with two forced fumbles and 4.5 tackles for loss.

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