2013 College Football Rankings: Week 1 AAC power rankings

The American power rankings: As expected, Louisville dominates

9/4/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Louisville Cardinals (1-0, 0-0 AAC) --
Two words: Teddy Bridgewater. He made shredding Ohio's secondary look like an art, completing 82 percent of his passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns. It would be a shock if the Cards don't finish undefeated this regular season. Next up: vs. Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN3).

2. Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0, 0-0) -- Tuberville surprised us with plenty of read-option plays under the control of quarterback Munchie Leguax, who had lost his job to returning senior Brendon Kay last year. We're used to plenty of air action, whether it be from the five-wide spread or Pro Style. Either way, it worked, and Purdue had no answer. Next up: at Illinois, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN2).

3. UCF Knights (1-0, 0-0) -- Blake Bortles was strong, the defense was unyielding and the Knights had no trouble dominating Akron, 38-7. Next up: at Florida International, Friday, 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

4. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-1, 0-0) -- It lost, but Rutgers was very impressive in its 52-51 overtime loss to Fresno State, which is considered to be the best non-AQ team in the country. Things are flip-flopped here in New Brunswick though—an explosive offense and heinous defense? What? Next up: vs. Norfolk State, Saturday, 12 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).

5. Houston Cougars (1-0, 0-0) -- Anytime your offense explodes for 627 yards and 62 points, while your defense forces four turnovers, is a very good thing. Too bad it was against FCS Southern. Next up: at Temple, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN3).

6. SMU Mustangs (0-1, 0-0) -- June Jones cannot possibly be happy with the way his team played against Texas Tech last Friday, scoring just 23 points and allowing a true freshman walk-on quarterback to thrash his defense for 413 passing yards, five total touchdowns and 31 touchdowns while plastering 41 on the scoreboard. Next up: vs. Montana State, Saturday, 8 p.m. (ESPN3).

7. Temple Owls (0-1, 0-0) -- No one expected Temple to go on the road and beat Notre Dame—heck, many expected a complete blowout. I was mildly impressed with the Owls' second-half adjustments, preventing anymore damage than necessary and leaving the field with a semi-respectable 28-6 loss. Next up: vs. Houston, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN3).

8. Memphis Tigers (0-0, 0-0) -- The Tigers are exempt because of their first-week bye, but we're still probably looking at a long season for second-year coach Justin Fuente. Next up: vs. Duke, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3).

 9. Connecticut Huskies (0-1, 0-0) -- Towson, a team that finished 7-4 at the FCS level in 2012, handled UConn in the trenches and had control the entire game, embarrassing the Huskies 33-18. Next up: BYE WEEK.

10. South Florida Bulls (0-1, 0-0) -- FCS McNeese State scored 31 points in the second quarter (USF scored none) and had USF walking out of its own stadium with its pants hanging around its ankles. Granted it's Willie Taggert's first year with the team, but that's no excuse. I don't think I've seen a more pathetic loss in my few short years covering college football. Next up: at Michigan State, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN2).

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