By Mike Gibson @papreps on September 5, 2014
Navy travels to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, a place where the Midshipmen have never lost, to face a rejuvenated Temple team in the AAC matchup of the week.
There are several other games on the docket in the conference this weekend, and this is how each of them will ultimately turn out.
Without the graduated Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, SMU struggled to move the ball in a 45-0 loss to Baylor a week ago. Head coach June Jones comes under fire after the Mustangs lose another one to an in-state foe.
Charter AAC member Temple faces next year’s addition in Navy. The Owls and Mids hope to beat the weather clock in this one as late-afternoon strong storms are forecast. Since the game is between 1-4 p.m., they should get this one in but you never know. Owls are experienced at lightning delays, having had one last week at Vanderbilt. The Owls go 2-0 behind unstoppable sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker and Thomas, his former high school teammate.
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden gives the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier, a case of heartburn by pulling off the upset on the road. Carden throws for 300 yards and three touchdowns as the more than two-touchdown underdog Pirates pull off the stunner to become the second AAC team in as many weeks to win at an SEC school.
Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is one of the most unheralded (and best) head coaches in the United States, and he proves it in New Orleans as his triple-option attack befuddles the defensively-challenged Green Wave, who gave up 38 points to Tulsa a week ago.
Randy Edsall has recruited a number of tall receivers for the Terps, and they win enough key jump ball situations to win in a largely empty Raymond James Stadium. Willie Taggart will eventually recruit enough top-level talent to make USF a power, but not this season.
Tulsa hopes this becomes an in-state rivalry. But in order to have a rivalry, one team has to win a number of games, and the Golden Hurricane have not kept up their end of the bargain and will not on Saturday.
At least the 100 or so Memphis fans who made the trip to Los Angeles should get some nice weather and see some good views. One good view will not be UCLA Heisman Trophy candidate Brett Hundley, who throws for over 400 yards and five touchdowns before being pulled.
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