So far, AAC out-performing Big 12
If the opening quarter of the 2016 season is any sign, the aspirations of many are woefully misguided.
Perhaps it should be the Big 12 institutions beseeching their way into the American Athletic Conference, not the other way around.
Yeah we get it, money's the driving force in expansion, but it certainly hasn't driven the Big 12 to dominance -- or even respectability -- on the Division I landscape at this point.
So far, the American boasts the fourth-best winning percentage (.724) of the nation's 10 D-I conferences. The league's 21-8 overall record includes a 6-7 mark against Power Five programs, and a 2-1 mark against the Big 12.
Speaking of the Big 12? It's 15-11 (.577) at this point, with four Power Five triumphs including in-conference matchups. Outside its conference, the Big 12 is 3-6 against Power Five foes.
Four more AAC-Power Five matchups are slated this weekend: TCU at SMU, East Carolina at Virginia Tech, Syracuse at UConn, and some little tilt at Raymond James Stadium.
AAC vs. Power Five
(AAC victories in bold)
Michigan 51, UCF 14
Maryland 30, UCF 24 (2OT)
Cincinnati 38, Purdue 20
UConn 13, Virginia 10
USF 45, Syracuse 20
East Carolina 33, N.C. State 30
South Carolina 20, East Carolina 15
Penn State 34, Temple 27
Houston 33, Oklahoma 23
Memphis 43, Kansas 7
Baylor 40, SMU 13
Wake Forest 7, Tulane 3
Ohio State 48, Tulsa 3