College football is just around the corner. I will attempt to do a preview on each and every football conference before the season begins next week. Going in alphabetical order, let’s begin with the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Since this conference was began a few years ago, many wondered if the teams in this conference would remain competitive after being created from teams that left the Big East Conference and Conference USA. However, University of Central Florida (UCF) went undefeated last season after defeating Auburn in the Peach Bowl last season. Here is how I think the conference will play out.
AAC East Division
1. UCF. With new coach Josh Huepel, the Knights should remain explosive offensively with QB McKenzie Milton leading the way. Central Florida scored more than 30 points in every game they played. Scoring that many points in every game allows for the defense to remain well-rested throughout each contest.
2. Cincinnati. The Bearcats should be able to bounce back after two dismal seasons due to improved depth on both sides of the ball.
3. Temple. The Owls will look to control games with their defense and should be able to build upon the momentum of winning four of their last five games last season.
4. USF. If South Florida is able to replace key departures at QB, RB, and the defensive line, then the Bulls will be able to move up.
5. ECU. East Carolina will look to stay out of the cellar, but this division is stacked.
6. UConn. The Huskies have not been good in football for quite some time. Having only 2 returning starters on defense does not help either.
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AAC West Division
1. Memphis. If Memphis can figure out how to defeat UCF this season, then the Tigers could embark upon a memorable season.
2. SMU. If the Mustangs can find a way to beat good teams this season, then they will be able to rise to the top.
3. Houston. The Cougars should be better this season because they should be able to cut down on turnovers due to stability at quarterback.
4. Navy. The option will always cause problems for opponents, but their overall depth is not as experienced as last season.
5. Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane will look to rebound from a 2-10 season because that hurricane was only a shower last season.
6. Tulane. The Green Wave will have to deal with an equally tough division in the West with a defense that gave up at least two touchdowns in every game last season.
Conference Champion: UCF.