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Cincinnati tied with Memphis and UCF with 1 conference loss last season and Gunner Kiel returns under center after passing for over 3,000 yards last season. The offensive line and rushing game is an issue and while the defense ranked 69th in the nation last season they may be better this season with some key returning players. The Bearcats big game may be their 2nd conference one at Memphis.
Memphis won last season because of their defense, which ranked 11th in the nation. However, that side of the ball on returns 3 starters. QB Paxton Lynch is back and sophomore Jarvis Cooper will shoulder most of the carries in the backfield. The offense may have to carry more of the load this season with many new starters on the defensive side of the ball. The Tigers do host Cincy, but have to hit the road to face Central Florida and Temple.
Houston hired Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and he will be given an offense that was decent last season and returns QB Greg Ward Jr. and RB Kenneth Farrow. The end of the season will be key for for the Cougars, as in 3 of their last 4 games they face Cincinnati, Memphis, and Navy, but all those games are at home.
UCF has high hopes this season mainly because QB Justin Holman has a year of experience under his belt and William Stanback is healthy, which he was not last season and still was 2nd team All Conference. The WR corps was depleted and some players need to step up and the defense, which ranked 9th in the nation last season, lost 7 starters. The team will be ready for conference play with a tough non-conference early season schedule with games facing Stanford and South Carolina.
ECU lost 4 of their last 6 games last season and both their QB Shane Carden
and star WR Justin Hardy are gone and Lincoln Riley takes over under center. Can he keep up the success of last season for a squad that ranked 3rd in the nation in passing yards per game? Not likely and the team may rely more on their defense this season, which was solid last season, at least in the first half. They play at Navy in their AAC opener and at Cincinnati in their season finale.
Navy is in their first season in the AAC and while the rushing attack should, once again, be one of the best in the nation their D, which ranked 71st in the nation last season, must play better for them to challenge for the conference title. 2 of their tougher AAC games are on the road facing Memphis and Houston.
Temple had one of the best defenses in the nation last season, but they only ranked 88th in passing yards per game and 118th in rushing yards per game. P.J. Walker returns at QB, but he had more INT than TD last season and no RB had more than 380 rushing yards. They have talent in the backfield, but young talent and a lack of a solid WR corps. The defense will be the strength again and that unit returns 10 starters. A big test for the Owls is in their 2nd game of the season when they hit the road to face Cincinnati.
Here are the odds to win the AAC as of July 28th as listed at BOVADA SPORTSBOOK – CLICK HERE
Central Florida +800
East Carolina +800
South Florida +6000
U CONN +10000