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October 4, 2013American Athletic Conference competition begins in widespread fashion this week with four games on the docket, highlighted by UCF's visit to Memphis.
While the Tigers have suffered some down seasons recently, second-year head coach Justin Fuente looks to be righting the ship. Memphis ended 2012 on a three-game winning streak and while they've gotten out to a 1-2 start this season, they could easily be 3-0 if a few breaks had gone their way. The defense, led by the nation's sack leader Martin Ifedi, can wreak havoc on opposing offenses and they've done a good job limiting the run.
UCF may have won eight straight in the series, but this won't be another cakewalk.
Elsewhere in the American, the second-most intriguing matchup could be Rutgers' visit to SMU. The 3-1 Scarlet Knights look like they could be a contender. SMU is 1-3 after playing a tough non-conference schedule - can they start reeling off some wins to resurrect their season?
Meanwhile, two of the American's winless teams square off against two of the league's better teams as No. 7 Louisville travels to 0-4 Temple and 0-4 USF hosts 3-1 Cincinnati.
Here's a look at every game involving the American, future league members East Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa and Navy, plus UCF's non-conference opponents (Akron, FIU, Penn State, South Carolina).
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Lines are for entertainment purposes only, picks are head-to-head.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Bye weeks: UConn (0-4), Houston (4-0, 1-0 AAC).