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Opponent Roundup; Not The Greatest Week For The Big America

The first weekend of American Athletic Conference football was not the best week. Still can only get better right? Right! Right....?

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Non Conference

Fighting Illini Win Ugly

Not everything sucked though. Scheelhaase threw for 416 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 11.6 yards per attempt. Yes, it was against an FCS team, but it shows promise and a certain level of comfort with the new Bill Cubit offense. RB Josh Ferguson had himself a nice game as well, racking up 153 total yards, most of which came on a beautiful 53 yard screen pass touch down. The offense actually had three plays for more than fifty yards. Ten different receivers caught a pass. We're going to be a much different team than most of us are used to and it's going to be exciting.

The Bearcats secondary is going to face a much stiffer test against Illinois than Purdue provided.

Illinois next week: hosting Cincinnati

Northwestern State Rallies In Third

New Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins ran for the tying touchdown and threw for the go-ahead score Thursday night, after redshirt freshman Adam Jones' fumble recovery deep in Missouri State territory triggered a two-touchdown burst late in the third quarter that helped the Demons post a season-opening 23-17 road win.

Northwestern State Next Week: hosting Southern

Miami Falls At Marshall
Marshall ran 94 plays on offense. Ninety. Four.

Miami next week: at Kentucky

American Athletic Conference

South Florida Implodes In Spectacular Fashion

The Cowboys scored three touchdowns within a five-minute span of the second quarter to take control. It was 40-7 early in the third quarter and would have been worse if USF's Marcus Shaw hadn't broken an 80-yard run for a touchdown on the Bulls' first play from scrimmage.

The wheels have fallen off the bus.

USF next week: at Michigan State. Pray for the South Florida fans you know.

Notre Dame Controls Temple

Notre Dame got off to a strong start to the new season and then received more good news after the game.The No. 14 Fighting Irish scored on their first two possessions, each of them three-play drives, with Tommy Rees connecting with DaVaris Daniels on a pair of 32-yard TD passes in a 28-6 victory on Saturday.

Temple next week: hosting Houston

Towson 33 - UConn 18: An Unmitigated Disaster

I really don't know what to say about last night, other than that it was an unmitigated disaster, a dumpster fire, a train wreck and every other analogy you could possibly come up with. UConn lost 33-18 to an FCS opponent, and while I'm normally not one for hyperbole, I feel confident in saying that this was the worst loss in UConn football history, and it's really not even close.

UConn next week: hosting Maryland

Memphis was off this week

Memphis next week: hosting Duke

Texas Tech Tops SMU

Baker Mayfield, believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS school, accounted for five touchdowns in a 41-23 victory over SMU on Friday night in the Red Raiders' first game under Kliff Kingsbury, at 34 the youngest head coach at a BCS school.

SMU next week: hosting Montana State

Rutgers Drops Wild One To Fresno State

Is it time to panic? No, absolutely not. Remember, Derek Carr is a sure thing for the first round of the Draft, so if you want to look bad against anyone, he's the guy. The real key will be how they perform against a team like Arkansas, or SMU. Norfolk State and Eastern Michigan should provide a nice tune-up.

Rutgers next week: hosting Norfolk State

UH storms past Southern in opener - Houston Chronicle

University of Houston coach Tony Levine found some answers in Friday's season opener. He may also have come away with one big question. Has the John O'Korn era begun? O'Korn led five scoring drives – including a pair of touchdown passes to Daniel Spencer – in his collegiate debut as the Cougars crushed Southern 62-13 before a crowd of 26,205 at Reliant Stadium.

Houston next week: at Temple

Louisville Hosts Ohio this afternoon. Kickoff is at 3:30 on ESPN

Louisville next week: hosting Eastern Kentucky