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Around The American: Week 5 Viewing Guide

All the matchups you should keep an eye on during the USF bye week.

E. Pulliam, Jr.

Even with the undefeated South Florida Bulls enjoying a bye week, there’s plenty of American Athletic Conference action to take in this weekend.

A Friday night showdown in New Orleans (with sharp new uniforms) and a couple of AAC vs. ACC contests highlight Week 5 around The American.

Be sure to check out our bye week edition of The Bulluminati Podcast as well.

Memphis (3-1) at Tulane (1-3) ESPN2, 8 p.m.

The best thing to come from this game for the Tulane Green Wave might just be these incredible new uniforms.

The Green Wave have been severely disappointing in year three of the Willie Fritz era, losing games to Wake Forest at home and UAB on the road.

The Tigers meanwhile have scored 50 or more points in three of their first four games, with the only blemish being a one-point loss to Navy.

Memphis QB Brady White has already surpassed 1,000 passing yards (1,064) and has double digit touchdown passes (12), so it’s easy to see why the Tigers are favored by two touchdowns in this one.

Temple (2-2) at Boston College (3-1) ESPNU, 12 p.m.

After dreadful home losses to Villanova and Buffalo, the Owls have bounced back nicely with victories at Maryland and against Tulsa.

Two-way RB Ryquell Armstead has been impressive for Temple, and a quarterback change has seemed to do the trick.

A Top 25 team before getting blown out last week against Purdue, Boston College can still score points and I think Temple might have caught the Eagles at the wrong time.

Pittsburgh (2-2) at No. 13 UCF (3-0) ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

As much as we all are desperately waiting for the upset to happen, it’s hard to see it happening this week.

Pitt, who scored six points against Penn State and lost a shootout to UNC last week, is a two-touchdown underdog in Ovideo.

Old Dominion (1-3) at East Carolina (1-2) ESPN3, 3:30 p.m.

An interesting non-conference matchup in Greenville, as Old Dominion visits ECU after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in their school history last week against Virginia Tech.

Old Dominion, despite that miracle victory over VT, is not very good and I expect Reid Herring and the Pirates to take another step forward after giving USF a scare a week ago.

Cincinnati (4-0) at UConn (1-3) CBSSN, 3:30 p.m.

Also part of the 3:30 p.m. slate, the undefeated Bearcats visit the dreadful Huskies.

With the exception of a last-minute Rhode Island win, UConn has lost every single game this season by at least 30 points.

Luke Fickell’s surprising Cincinnati team had to survive a home test against Ohio last week but is averaging 36 points per game.

This won’t end well for the Huskies.

Houston Baptist (1-2) at SMU (1-3) ESPN3, 7 p.m.

I’ll save you the time on this one. Mustangs by a lot.