AAC Announces Overhauled Schedule After COVID-19 Postponements (247sports.com)

The American Athletic Conference is nearing the end of its regular-season slate, but COVID-19 caused some problems this week as the game between SMU and Houston scheduled for this week was postponed due to issues on Houston’s side. On Friday the AAC announced a revised schedule with multiple games shifted around, as the Mustangs and Cougars will now face each other on Dec. 5 in Dallas instead of Dec. 12, as some expected. Houston was previously scheduled to play at Memphis on Dec. 5, but that game has been moved to Dec. 12.

In addition, Memphis will now face Navy on Nov. 28 after that game had been postponed with no announced makeup date. The Tigers will face Tulane on Dec. 5 as part of the new schedule, Tulsa will face Navy on the same day and Cincinnati will visit Tulsa on Dec. 12 in a big game to end the regular season. Overall, this is a major makeover of the schedule after multiple postponements caused the league headaches — Navy, for instance, hasn’t played since Oct. 31.

SMU remains in contention for a berth in the AAC title game on Dec. 19, although its path narrowed significantly after Saturday’s loss to Tulsa. Cincinnati and Tulsa are both 5-0 in the league after the Golden Hurricane escaped with a thrilling win over Tulane on Thursday, whereas the Mustangs are 4-2 with highly winnable league games remaining against Houston and East Carolina.

A win against Houston would double as some in-state momentum under coach Sonny Dykes. So far the Mustangs are looking good on the trail in 2021 with the No. 55 spot in the 247Sports Composite team rankings, and Dykes said this week that the Cougars will pose a challenge whenever SMU faces them.

“Typical Houston team,” Dykes

. “I think this is I guess my third year to play against them and it’s kind of the same story every year. Lots of speed really across the board. When you turn the tape on, they’re one of the fastest teams in our league, if not the fastest. Just at the wide receiver spots and skill positions and on the back end and the whole thing. When you watch the defense, a lot of guys can run. That’s always what stands out when you play them. To me, they’ve made a big jump up front on both lines. Much improved on their offensive line, much improved on their defensive front as well. 

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