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CINCINNATI -- Sure, the Big 12 will be watching when two of the American Athletic Conferences top teams kick off on Thursday night. No. 6 Houston and Cincinnati havent hidden their desires to jump to a Power Five league.And now they get to show head-to-head how they match up in football, which is the sport driving conference realignment.I would imagine all those decisions are already made, Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. I dont think that (game) has got a lot to do with it. This is one game, the third game of the season. A lot is on the line for us, obviously, but we dont look at it that way.The Bearcats (2-0) have a chance to make themselves relevant again after a 7-6 season. Theyre coming off a 38-20 win at Purdue, Cincinnatis first victory over a current Big Ten team in 59 years.The Cougars (2-0) have a top 10 ranking in September for the first time since 1980. They started the season with an attention-grabbing 33-23 win over No. 3 Oklahoma and are trying to open AAC play with their first win in Cincinnati since 1971.You embrace it, Houston linebacker Tyus Bowser said. We have worked so hard to get to this point. We prepare and train for this type of moment.Some things to watch at Nippert Stadium on Thursday night:WARDS WEEK OFFHouston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. was held out of a 42-0 win over Lamar last Saturday because of a sore shoulder. Hes expected to be back to full strength against Cincinnati, looking for another big game against a defense that had five interceptions at Purdue. Ward has developed from a run-first threat into an all-around quarterback. He completed 23 of 40 throws for 321 yards with a pair of touchdowns in the win over Oklahoma.Hes a quarterback that extends plays, Tuberville said. This is a Big 12 offense. When I was at Texas Tech, you saw this every week. They have it all.CANT RUN ON THE COUGARSHouston has held its last four opponents under 100 yards rushing, the longest such streak in the country. Lamar managed only 73 yards in all -- the best showing by a Houston defense in school history -- and failed to cross midfield. In the last four games, the Cougars have held Temple, Florida State, Oklahoma and Lamar to a total of 199 yards rushing. Cincinnati rushed for 262 yards at Purdue, with dual-threat quarterback Hayden Moore throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more.GET USED TO ITThe Cougars play the first of four weeknight games. They also host Connecticut and Louisville in Thursday night games. They finish the regular season at Memphis on a Friday night.I understand why they do it, coach Tom Herman said. The (television) ratings are off the charts when you play these Thursday night games, and were in the entertainment business. But we play four of these. ... Were playing four games in 20 days. You do the math. Thats a lot of pounding on a young mans body in a short amount of time.BEARCAT SELF-DESTRUCTIONDuring a 33-30 loss at Houston last season, Cincinnati had a punt blocked, fumbled into the end zone, botched an onside kick, got tackled for a safety and gave up a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown. No surprise, then, that one of its main points of emphasis this week is to keep its composure.CAN MOORE ELEVATE HIS GAME?Moore, a redshirt sophomore, has never face a defense the caliber of Houstons unit. He was ragged in the first half of a season-opening 28-7 win over Tennessee-Martin, but showed a lot of poise during the win at Purdue. Moore completed 19 of 32 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran 13 times for 71 yards and two more scores. The Bearcats need him to be steady against a defense that leads the nation with 111 forced turnovers since the start of the 2013 season.---AP college football website: Wholesale Nike Vapormax . 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Subscribe today!Atlanta FalconsOverall: 54 Title track: 78 Ownership: 45 Coaching: 47 Players: 64 Fan relations: 46 Affordability: 49 Stadium experience: 73 Bang for the buck: 62 Change from last year: +6The Falcons are in the middle of the pack, and understandably so. They were riding a high just a few years ago when they made it to the NFC Championship Game, losing to the San Francisco 49ers. But now, theyve gone three consecutive seasons without making the playoffs, leaving the fan base scratching its head. Theres still hope -- this team boasts one of the leagues most dominant receivers in Julio Jones, talented running backs in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and a capable quarterback in Matt Ryan. But until the Falcons return to the playoffs, theyll be mired in mediocrity.Whats goodThe Falcons highest ranking came in ownership (45), and credit Arthur Blank for at least putting forth the effort to not only satisfy the fan base, but also to help the community. Blank made a strong appeal to the fans by making concession prices at the new stadium the lowest of any sports franchise. And through his foundation, he continues to contribute to building up the lower-income areas in the direct vicinity of the stadium via Westside Works. And from a team perspective, Blank has been willing to invest in hefty contracts for his top players, with $59 million guaranteed for Ryan and $47 million guaranteed for Jones.Whats badThe Falcons have nevver won a Super Bowl, so no surprise: A disappointing title track ranking (78) is their worst showing.dddddddddddd Atlanta last made it to a Super Bowl during the 1998 season, when the Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19. And their trek back to the Super Bowl wont be easy -- the Carolina Panthers and upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers are contenders within their own division. The Falcons other poor showing -- a 73rd-place ranking in stadium experience -- should be solved next year, when Blank has the Falcons moving from the Georgia Dome to the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2017 season -- a state-of-the-art facility which will be among the leagues best.Whats newThe jury is still out on head coach Dan Quinn, now in his second season with the franchise, but he did jump eight spots in these standings, from 53rd to 47th. The former Seahawks defensive coordinator brought energy and passion to the job after taking over for the fired Mike Smith, and his 5-0 start as a rookie coach raised expectations. That just meant his teams collapse and 8-8, playoff-less finish dampened the enthusiasm. Quinn has passion, knows how to relate to players, and has a special way of motivating. 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