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Central Florida has been the class of The American since becoming a member a handful of seasons ago. Regardless of who coaches the team, the Knights simply just beat their opponents into submission which was exactly the case in Josh Heupel’s first go round last season. Though McKenzie Milton won’t take a single snap under center this season, UCF still checks in as the odds on +140 favorite to win the AAC a third straight season. Once again breathing down their necks are Mike Norvell’s Memphis Tigers (+250) who failed to overcome the nights in each of the conference’s last two title games. The Bearcats make for intriguing options with a +600 return at online sportsbooks in Luke Fickell’s third go round in the ‘Natti, while the Houston Cougars will no doubt garner some attention with former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen now overlooking the program. If you think East Carolina or Connecticut have any shot of winning the AAC title this season, you’re not of a sane mind. USF, SMU or Tulane, yeah maybe; but don’t try to sell us on the Pirates or Huskies!

AAC Championship Betting Odds

UCF +140

Memphis +250

Cincinnati +600

Houston +600

South Florida +1200

SMU +2500

Temple +2500

Tulane +5000

Tulsa +5000

Navy +6600

East Carolina +25000

UConn +50000

Until a team rises up and finally solves the riddle that’s been the UCF Knights, there’s no reason to throw good money away. Central Florida has been favored to win the AAC each of the last two seasons, and did just that. That said, it’s no fun riding the chalk year in and year out. So instead of taking that boring trip to the betting window and hoping it pans out, let’s take a look at what else the American has to offer in 2019-20 and see if it’s worth investing in. Back to UCF, they’re good and will be extremely tough to beat once again. There, I said it so don’t go @ing me on social media!

Cincinnati was in line to give the Knights a run for their money last season, but went on to lay an egg in Spectrum Stadium where it found itself on the wrong end of a bloody 38-13 beat down. Cincy scored the game’s first points on a fumble return, but didn’t find the end zone again until 9+ minutes remained in the fourth quarter. The loss marked the second straight year the Bearcats were embarrassed by the Knights, so you can bet your bottom dollar Desmond Ritter and company will bring their “A” game to the gridiron when the teams collide at Nippert Stadium on October 4. Winning that game will be paramount for a Cincy team that will be forced to take on all of the conference’s best teams with most of those games being played on the road. Backed one of if not the best offense in the AAC, there’s no excuse for the Bearcats not to compete for the title this season!

USF and Temple will also be teams to keep an eye on in the East Division, but new coach Rod Carey and Charlie Strong have much work ahead of them improving their respective teams enough to the point to run with the division’s big boys.

In the West, linemakers at top rated sportsbooks have eyes for both Memphis and Houston. And why not? The Tigers have represented the division in each of the last two title games, while Houston boasts an excellent quarterback in D’Eriq King and arguably the league’s top ranked receiver corps for him to sling the pigskin to. In Holgorsen’s revamped offense, the Cougars offense should once again take flight. But what about the defense? The unit conceded over 37.0 points per game a season ago, and it will be targeted by total bettors early and often until it figures things out on that side of the ball. Memphis won’t have defensive issues like its division rival with eight starters returning from a unit that should only improve upon its pedestrian marks from a season ago. On top of that, Brady White and his near 3,300 passing yards and 26 TD passes is back to lead the offense with senior Patrick Taylor looking to pick up in the backfield where Darrell Henderson left off.

If looking for a surprise team to pull a shocker and win the West Division, look no further than Willie Fritz’s Green Wave! Tulane conceded less than 28.0 points per game a season ago, and returns without a doubt the best defensive line in the conference. If the offense can actually move the pigskin and put points on the board, this 50-1 ticket will have an excellent shot at cashing! Changes were made in the offseason to put a spark into the offense with the hiring of Will Hall who was brought in to speed up the tempo of an offense that averaged fewer than 70 plays per game a season ago. He’ll have some nice pieces to play with as well in QB Justin McMillan, WRs Darnell Mooney and Jalen McCleskey to go along with a deep backfield anchored by 1,100 yard-rusher Darius Bradwell. Following a scrimmage against Missouri State, a huge home game against Houston is on the docket. Win that game, and cashing this longshot ticket will take a huge step closer towards becoming a reality.

Aren’t you getting tired of the Central Florida Knights running roughshod upon this conference? It’s high time someone steps up and knocks them down a few pegs. If ever there was a team to do it this season, it’s the Cincinnati Bearcats. They’ll be hosting UCF looking to take two years of pent up frustration out on them, and I think they come through this time around. If Tulane finds a way to qualify for the title game, we’ll have one heck of a hedging opportunity on our hands!

AAC Football Format

The American Athletic Conference was born in 2013 as the football playing schools in the old Big East fractured from their basketball-only counterparts to form their own league. The AAC inherited the Big East’s role as one of six power conferences in the final season of the Bowl Champion Series. With the introduction of the College Football Playoff for the 2014 season, the AAC dropped to form the Group of Five conferences.

The Big East began sponsoring football in 1991 and maintained an eight-team league, with the exception of the 2004 season, throughout its prior existence. The league was severely crippled during the latest rounds of conference realignment and the remaining football playing schools split from the rest of the league to form what we now know as The American.

Syracuse and Pitt left the league for good following the transition and the AAC added Central Florida, Houston, SMU and Memphis for a 10-team league in its debut season. The league failed to field 12 teams and thus didn’t host a conference championship game until 2015 when Navy joined as a football-only school. Two six-team divisions were formed that year and each team plays the other within its division, as well as three cross-over games for a total of eight league contests. Division winners meet for the AAC championship at the home site of the division winner with the best conference record.

The league has 2019 ties with the Hawai’i Bowl, Birmingham Bowl, Gasparilla Bowl, Military Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, New Orleans Bowl, Frisco Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Independence Bowl and Cure Bowl. Should the AAC have the highest ranked Group of Five team, that club will be invited to a New Year’s Six game.

List of AAC Champions

2018 UCF UCF Memphis
2017 UCF UCF Memphis
2016 Temple Temple Navy
2015 Houston Temple Houston
2014 UCF/Cincinnati/Memphis N/A N/A
2013 UCF N/A N/A

UConn is the only remaining school from the first year in the old Big East Conference back in 1991, though the Huskies didn’t compete in football until 2004. Cincinnati, South Florida and Temple all have ties to the Big East days, joining the league in the later stages and sticking with the conference through the transition and the shuffling of teams between leagues. The American finally found some stability and fielded the same 12 teams in both 2015 and 2016, a first in the young league’s history.

During the days of the Big East, the conference never fielded more than eight teams and didn’t meet the requirements for a conference championship match-up until 2015. The American played its first title game that season with Houston defeating Temple to secure its first league title and the Group of Five’s bid to the CFP bowls. Houston went on to defeat Florida State in the Peach Bowl to cap a 13-1 season. Temple returned to the AAC Championship game in 2016 and earned its first league title with a win over Navy. Since then, it’s been all about UCF who defeated Memphis in both 2017 and 2018 while garnering some College Football Playoff attention. After being slighted following the team’s undefeated 2017 campaign, the school made a bold move by raising a National Championship banner at Spectrum Stadium along with getting rings made and printing up a ton of championship gear for the fans. The Knights and Tigers were co-favs to win it all in 2019.

Most AAC Conference Championships

4 UCF 2018
1 Temple 2016
1 Houston 2015
1 Cincinnati 2014
1 Memphis 2014
0 South Florida ---
0 Tulsa ---
0 Navy ---
0 SMU ---
0 Tulane ---
0 East Carolina ---
0 Connecticut ---

Central Florida joined the AAC for its inaugural season and won the title outright in 2013. The Knights shared the title the next season and their four league championships are the most of any school. Of course that isn’t saying much since The American is only entering its seventh season.

Dating back to the Big East days, Cincinnati has five conference titles. The Bearcats won two outright titles and shared two others in the final five seasons of the Big East. UConn shared two Big East titles, one in 2007 and the other in the final year of the old league with a trio of teams in 2012.

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