It really doesn’t help when the top contenders for the AAC title have no top 25 games OOC to play.
Memphis: ULM, UCLA, SIU, @Gast
Navy: @FAU, AFA, @ND, Army
USF: @SJSU, STON, ILL, UMass
Temple: @ND, Nova, UMass, @Army
Tulsa: @OKST, ULL, Toledo, UNM
Those teams need to beat UCLA, AFA, ILL and win 2 out of 3 against ND and OKST, to give our conference any kind of momentum toward multiple top 25 teams. Short of 3 UH opponents being ranked in the top 25, there is no chance a 12-0 UH goes from unranked to top 4. USF has the best chance of all but their OOC schedule looks so bad, they would need at least two conference opponents to join them in the top 25 to have a shot at the top 4.
Frankly the top G5 strongest programs need to do a much better job of scheduling each other which would increase the chances of the best G5 team making it. As long as 3/4ths of their OOC schedules continues to be the bottom half of G5 teams and FCS teams, the respect won’t be earned by a larger audience.