AAC Football Ratings: No Surprise, UConn Dead Last; USF No. 1 But Not In Title Game – Hartford Courant
South Florida finished atop the final weekly AAC power rankings, not exactly the reward the Bulls were looking for. Runner-up Navy, the AAC West Division champion, and No. 3 Temple, the East Division champion, will meet in the conference championship game. The game is Saturday at Navy at noon on ABC.
UConn, ranked as high as eighth during the season, finished last. Here is how the league stacked up, according to a media panel with voters in every conference market.
1. South Florida (10-2, 7-1 AAC): The Bulls capped the best regular season in program history with a 48-31 victory over rival UCF, earning their first national ranking since Sept. 2011 at No. 24 in the AP Top 25. Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers and tailback Marlon Mack scored two touchdowns, extending the team’s nation-leading streak of 30-plus-point games to 16. Mack also joined Florida State standouts Dalvin Cook and Warrick Dunn as the only backs in the state history to have three straight 1,000-yard seasons. The Bulls are on track for a solid postseason spot with the Birmingham Bowl and Military Bowl the favorites among possible destinations. Temple’s win over USF kept the Bulls out of the AAC title game. (Last week: 1) — Jeff Odom, Tampa Bay Times
2. Navy (9-2, 7-1 AAC): The Midshipmen remained on an epic offensive roll on Saturday in Dallas. Navy amassed a season-high 496 rushing yards and 600 total yards in a 75-31 destruction of SMU. Quarterback Will Worth continues to operate the offense at a high level. Worth rushed for 107 yards and three TDs and passed for 104 yards and a score. He is the first quarterback in Navy history to surpass 100 yards rushing and passing in three straight games. Navy has won four straight and six of seven.