American Athletic Conference Power Rankings

1. USF (4-0, 1-0 AAC): Exactly 11 months after being gashed by Temple‘s power-run attack, the Bulls allowed only 85 total yards (fewest ever surrendered to a Division I foe in program history) in Thursday’s 43-7 romp of the Owls. The 18th-ranked Bulls now rank third nationally in run defense (66.0 ypg) after finishing118th in that category (240.3 ypg) this time last season. On Saturday, they visit East Carolina hoping to extend their program-record win streak to 10 games. — Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times

2. Memphis (3-0): The Tigers trailed at the half against Football Championship Subdivision foe Southern Illinois but rallied in the second half to secure a 44-31 win and improve to 3-0 for the third consecutive season. Sophomore Tony Pollard once again helped turn the tide with a kickoff return for a touchdown, his second of the season and fourth of his career. A much tougher test awaits Saturday night, as Memphis hits the road for the first time this season to face UCF. — Tom Schad, The Commercial Appeal

3. Navy (3-0, 2-0 AAC): The Midshipmen pulled out another close contest last weekend. Quarterback Zach Abey directed an attack that rolled up 622 total yards, 569 of which came on the ground, as Navy beat Cincinnati, 42-32. However, the Navy defense had its worst outing of the season and allowed the Bearcats to roll up 439 yards of their own. Navy plays its first conference road contest this Saturday at Tulsa. — Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

4. UCF (2-0): McKenzie Milton threw for 178 yards and rushed for another 94 and the Knights used a dominating defensive performance to hand Maryland a 38-10 loss in College Park, Maryland. The team showed no ill-effects from being off for more than two weeks due to Hurricane Irma in manhandling the Terrapins. UCF’s offense went 5-for-5 in the red zone with four touchdowns while the defense held Maryland to season-lows in points (10) and total yards of offense (197)….

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