A Quick Huddle: AAC Football Edition

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Daisy Rymer | Sports Layout Editor

Students are now a month into school, and as we get busier, it becomes more difficult to keep up with Tulane sports. The Hullabaloo completely understands this struggle, and, with the introduction of this online column, hopes to keep students informed with a click of a button on how the mighty Green Wave fares across its conference.

For those who are still unaware, Tulane is a member of the American Athletic Conference, which is not the same as the powerhouse Southeastern Conference (although at one point, this school haddid have the potential to cream Louisiana State University in football). This conference is composed of 12 football teams, including Tulane, Navy, University of Houston, University of Tulsa, Southern Methodist University, University of Memphis, University of Central Florida, University of Cincinnati, University of South Florida, Eastern Carolina University, Temple University and University of Connecticut. Eleven11 of these teams have begun the season with at least one victory, with SMU as the outlier with an 0-3 record.

The AAC is split into two divisions within the conference: East and West. Tulane is a part of the Western section, and is currently ranked third out of six teams. The Green Wave currently holds a 1-2 record, with a victory against Nicholls University and two losses against Wake Forest University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Overall, Navy and Houston are tied for first place with a record of 2-1. In terms of the East, UCF is leading the division, with USF and Cincinnati tied in second place.

To clarify how a team progresses in conference standings, each time two teams within the same conference face off against one another, the victor of that game will move up in the standings, and the other will fall. For example, UCF and UConn played on Aug. 30, where UCF defeated UConn 56-17. After this match up, UCF went to the top of the division, and UConn fell to the bottom.

Moving forward in the season, the Green Wave only has one more game before entering into full conference play on Oct. 29 against Memphis. The Tigers currently lead the conference in scoring, averaging 48.7 points per game. Tulane is ranked ninth in this lineup with 27.0 points per game. The team, however, will have a home-field advantage for this game, which could help its momentum against this powerful offense. The following weekend, the Green Wave will face off against the leading defense in the conference, Cincinnati, as the Bearcats have only allowed 8.0 points per game. These two games will pose quite a challenge for the Green Wave, and it will be interesting to see how the Green Wave faces these obstacles.

Daisy Rymer | Sports Layout Editor