Can these writers pick them, or what? Tulane and Tulsa were picked to finish next-to-last and last, respectively, in their first year in the AAC. Four votes separated the two.
Saturday, they needed two overtimes to determine which was better. Alas, Tulsa proved the writers wrong (again). The sledding is considerably tougher for both on Saturday, however, when No. 4 Oklahoma visits Tulsa, and Georgia Tech travels to Tulane.
• Raise your hand if you saw this coming: Temple, which won all of two games last season, forced seven turnovers and stunned Vanderbilt 37-7 in Nashville, Tenn., last week. The Owls hadn’t beaten an SEC team since 1938. The Owls can match their win total from a season ago in Week 2. It won’t be easy, though. Navy pushed Ohio State last week and features a feel-good Heisman candidate in dual-threat QB Keenan Reynolds.
• As it relates to Temple’s upset, please, East Carolina fans, leave the “AAC’s Better” signs at home. Although the Ol’ Ball Coach might find it funny.
• There was a lot of preseason talk about South Florida’s QB situation. The focus should have been on freshman RB Marlon Mack. All he did was run for 275 yards and four scores in his debut. Mack scored on runs of 62, 60 and 56 yards, and added a 2-yard TD run just to prove he can negotiate short-yardage situations. Maryland might have 10 guys in the box Saturday to stop Mack. Starting QB Mike White was just 9-of-26 with an interception against I-AA Western Carolina.
The Bulls allowed 374 passing yards, something Jacoby Brissett might have noticed. Brissett and his Wolfpack travel to South Florida on Sept. 13.
• Southern Methodist University brought us the Pony Express. Last week at Baylor, it was the Limited Express. SMU rushed for minus 24 yards. Which leads to this query: Why are sack totals counted against rushing yards? A QB running for his life clearly isn’t the same as an RB going off tackle.
As bad as SMU was, Houston somehow was worse. The Cougars were credited with minus 26 yards rushing in their 27-7 loss to Texas-San Antonio. Thank goodness for Ryan Jackson’s 2-yard TD run with a minute left in the fourth quarter ...
Compiled by Chris Wright