AAC: Projecting the 2018 College Football Season

The AAC was thrust into the national spotlight last year. UCF went undefeated in the regular season and knocked off Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Many thought the Golden Knights should have been in the College Football Playoff. UCF won back-to-back thrillers at the end of their conference schedule. They defeated arch-rival South Florida with a late TD and then won a double OT classic with Memphis in the AAC Championship.

The NFL Draft was kind to the American, as well. A conference record, 18 prospects were selected from the 12-member institutions. UCF corner Mike Hughes was the lone first-round selection. UCF led the way with four drafted players.

Like 2017, the AAC will be on the outside looking in for the CFP.

PROJECTED AAC STANDINGS

EAST DIVISION

Team Conference Record Overall Record
South Florida 7-1 11-1
UCF 7-1 11-1
Temple 4-4 5-7
Cincinnati 3-5 6-6
Uconn 1-7 3-9
East Carolina 1-7 3-9

 

The AAC East race will come down the wire again. UCF, led by junior QB McKenzie Milton, should be able to run through most of their schedule. For South Florida, I believe the same can be said. The Bulls must replace Quinton Flowers at QB. Neither plays stellar non-conference opponents.

Temple and Cincinnati are solid teams and would not surprise me if their win totals end up 1-2 wins higher. Uconn and East Carolina are just not very good.

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WEST DIVISION

Team Conference Record Overall Record
Houston 7-1 9-3
Memphis 6-2 10-2
Navy 5-3 8-4
SMU 5-3 7-5
Tulane 2-6 4-8
Tulsa 0-8 1-11

 

Houston and Memphis are the top two teams in the AAC West. Arguably the best player in the league is Cougar’s defensive lineman Ed Oliver. Memphis must replace QB Riley Ferguson.

Don’t sleep on Navy or SMU. Both teams’ offenses should be fun to watch, albeit in entirely different ways. I don’t know for sure if Tulsa will go winless in conference play, but it sure feels like it.

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP: South Florida over Houston

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