Every team in the American Athletic Conference has at least two losses entering the month of November, which speaks to both the strength of the league and the parity throughout it so far this season. And the divisional races are in full swing, with several teams on each side of the conference jockeying for position.
Here's a look at the AAC landscape entering the final month of the regular season, according to our leaguewide panel of beat reporters.
1. South Florida (7-2, 4-1 AAC): The Bulls made the most of their wake-up call from an untimely loss to Temple the previous week, building a 28-point halftime lead on No. 22 Navy before holding on late for the 52-45 upset. Though USF's defense continued to struggle, especially in the fourth quarter, its offense sparkled. Quarterback Quinton Flowers and tailbacks Marlon Mack and D'Ernest Johnson combined for 408 rushing yards for the Bulls, marking the first time in program history that three USF players hit the 100-yard mark in a game. The Bulls get a needed bye week this weekend before traveling to Memphis on Nov. 12. -- Jeff Odom, Tampa Bay Times
2. Navy (5-2, 4-1 AAC): The Midshipmen were brought down to earth in a big way on Friday night in Tampa. Quarterback Quinton Flowers led the way as South Florida raced to a 28-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Navy's defense could not handle the across-the-board speed of the Bulls, who led 42-14 at halftime. Shoddy tackling was another issue for the Mids, who gave up 629 total yards. It was the first conference defeat for Navy, which still controls its own destiny in terms of winning the West Division. The Midshipmen have no time to pout about the loss as they travel back to Florida to meet another tough opponent. Navy will host Notre Dame at EverBank Field in Jacksonville in the 90th edition of the longest, continuous intersectional rivalry in college football. The Mids return to AAC play the following Saturday when they host red-hot Tulsa. -- Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group
3. Temple (6-3, 4-1 AAC): The Owls earned their first three-game win streak of the season with Saturday's 34-13 home victory over Cincinnati. Leading 17-13 at halftime, Temple pitched a second half shutout, holding the Bearcats to 11 yards from scrimmage over the final two quarters. The Owls rushed for 275 yards and got two rushing touchdowns from Ryquell Armstead, who now has 11 this season. Jahad Thomas rushed for a season-high 151 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Phillip Walker has now gone 10 quarters without throwing an interception. He threw touchdown passes of 40 yards to Adonis Jennings and 28 yards to Ventell Bryant. In his last four games, Bryant has caught 19 passes for 345 yards and one score. During their three-game winning streak, the Owls have rushed for 791 yards. Against Cincinnati, Avery Ellis earned his second blocked punt in two weeks. Temple visits UConn on Friday. The Owls clinched the AAC East title with last year's 27-3 home win over UConn, in a game Temple led 10-3 at halftime. -- Marc Narducci, Philadelphia Inquirer
4. Houston (7-2, 4-2 AAC): Behind a resurgent defense, the Cougars erased a 21-point second-half deficit for a 31-24 victory over Central Florida, the third-largest comeback in school history. A defense that had struggled the previous three games forced four turnovers and held the Knights to a field goal and 29 yards of total offense over the final two quarters. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. was uncharacteristically sloppy with three interceptions (all in the first half) and a fumble on the opening series of the second half. UH began October unbeaten and in the College Football Playoff discussion. They went 2-2 during the month and could easily have lost all four games, needing a goal line stand on the final play to beat Tulsa and the 21-point rally against UCF. After playing nine consecutive weeks the Cougars get a much-needed open date in the schedule. It will allow them to get healthy, notably linebackers Matthew Adams (shoulder) and Tyus Bowser (fractured orbital bone) and leading receiver Linell Bonner (shoulder), before the next game Nov. 12 at home against Tulane. -- Joseph Duarte, The Houston Chronicle
5. Tulsa (6-2, 3-1 AAC): For the most impressive victory in the Philip Montgomery Era, the Hurricane pulled away from Memphis for a 59-30 road win Saturday night that not only secured a second straight year of bowl eligibility but also kept Tulsa in the mix for the West division title. James Flanders filled in for primary back D'Angelo Brewer and delivered 249 yards and a school-record five rushing touchdowns, and the Hurricane defense sealed the win with a trio of fourth-quarter takeaways. Up next is a home game against East Carolina, a dangerous opponent that has prevailed in six consecutive meetings in the series and is coming off a convincing victory against UConn. -- Kelly Hines, Tulsa World
6. Memphis (5-3, 2-2 AAC): It was a tough week for the Tigers, both on and off the field. Starting defensive lineman Michael Edwards retired because of personal/family reasons, two players were suspended for an altercation over video games, three of the team's top recruits decommitted and Memphis lost to Tulsa, 59-30. The Tigers committed four turnovers and 12 penalties, gave up 362 rushing yards and dropped an estimated eight passes in the game. Coach Mike Norvell said he believes players started to press after pulling to within 35-30, and watching Tulsa pull away. Anthony Miller was a bright spot with 12 catches for a school-record 250 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers will now return to the road with hopes of ending the first two-game losing streak of the Norvell era -- and clinching a bowl berth -- against SMU on Saturday. -- Tom Schad, The Commercial Appeal
7. UCF (4-4, 2-2 AAC): While the Knights showed how much they have improved from 2015, they also showed how much they need to grow during a 31-24 road loss to Houston. After leading 24-3 early in the third quarter, UCF allowed the Cougars to score 28 unanswered points during the second half. It marked the second time this season the Knights gave up a sizeable first half lead after their young offense struggled to close out the game. Despite the loss, redshirt junior linebacker Shaquem Griffin was named the league's defensive player of the week for his performance which included 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and his first career interception. UCF will look to rebound during a three-game home stretch starting with Tulane on Saturday. Most important, the team needs to secure two wins to advance to a bowl game. -- Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel
8. SMU (4-4, 2-2 AAC): SMU avoided a letdown after its monumental win over Houston with a 35-31 road victory against Tulane. The Mustangs dominated the first half but made some key errors that caused them to fall behind by 10 points with nine minutes in the game. Still, SMU was able to rally behind the arm of quarterback Ben Hicks. This team has shown plenty of moxie and resiliency, but just how good are the Ponies? Saturday's game against a good Memphis team with a lot riding on the line should be telling. What's for certain is SMU believes it can win, and its confidence is sky high. -- EJ Holland, Dallas Morning News
9.Cincinnati (4-4, 1-4 AAC): The Bearcats come off a 34-13 loss at Temple, with UC gaining only 11 total yards in the second half. UC quarterback Gunner Kiel threw for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, both to wide receiver Devin Gray. But Kiel was just 1-for-6 passing in the second half for minus-3 yards. The UC defense also had trouble getting off the field after halftime, with Temple outscoring the Bearcats 17-0 in the second half. UC faces a stiff challenge this week against BYU (4-4), which beat the Bearcats, 38-24, last year in Provo. UC puts a 30-game Nippert Stadium non-conference winning streak on the line, with the Bearcats not having lost to a non-league opponent at their campus home since 2002. -- Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati Enquirer
10. East Carolina (3-5, 1-3 AAC): With East Carolina's one and only win in the month of October coming last Saturday against Connecticut, the Pirates were given a late-season lifeline. Now, the motivation is to win three of their final four games to swipe an unlikely bowl bid. The competition is stiff, beginning this week at Tulsa and continuing against SMU, Navy and Temple to finish the regular season. Senior receiver Zay Jones continued to stride toward the Football Bowl Subdivision receptions record held by former teammate Justin Hardy, rattling off 19 more catches against the Huskies. The Pirate defense stifled UConn to just one field goal in the second quarter. -- Nathan Summers, The Daily Reflector
11. Connecticut (3-6, 1-5 AAC): The Huskies' 41-3 loss at East Carolina had coach Bob Diaco using descriptions such as "pathetic" and "ridiculous." Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs said he was embarrassed for everyone involved. It was a complete beat-down, the second-worst loss of the three-year Diaco era (by point margin) and probably the worst in how it made the team look and feel. The Huskies, who have lost three in a row and five of six, are in a mess of a situation that they'll try to start cleaning up Friday night at home against Temple. -- Mike Anthony, The Hartford Courant
12. Tulane (3-5, 0-4 AAC): The Green Wave defense struggled to live up to the reputation it built early in the season once again on Saturday after giving up a touchdown in the final minute of the game to fall to SMU, 35-31. After starting the season 3-2, Tulane has lost each of its last three games and play three of its final four games on the road. If Tulane coach Willie Fritz can't get his defense back on track soon, it may be a tough road for the Green Wave to finish the year. -- Will Guillory, The Times-Picayune