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College Football Betting: AAC Conference Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 7/20/2015 10:46:36 PM

The All American Conference is essentially brand new (second season), a collection of teams that were looking for more exposure or just didn’t have enough juice to be hooked by the Power 5. Last year there was a three way tie for the title between Memphis, Cincinnati and UCF. All three should be in the mix again this season as the conference grows a little bit more (Navy is in), splits into two divisions and institutes a conference championship game.

Cincinnati Bearcats
+225

The Bearcats have the league’s top QB in future pro Gunner Kiel. It took him a while to find a home but he has NFL talent and is surrounded by one of the best receiving corps in the nation. The rest of the team is more than good enough to push the Bearcats from last year’s co leadership into the first AAC title game. An undefeated season is not totally out of the question either.

Memphis Tigers

+275

Under coach Justin Fuente the Tigers have shown steady improvement and last year was a strong season as they captured a share of the first AAC title. They return starting QB Paxton Lynch but this team has been led by defense as they have surged. Lynch has been mistake prone and the offense doesn’t take many chances. If they want to take things to the next level he is going to have to do more.

Temple Owls

+500

Every once in a while things come together for a program. That is what they are expecting in the City of Brotherly Love this season. The Owls have had a little success over the last few seasons but this season nearly all of their starters return and they are looking to parlay that experience and a favourable schedule into competing for a conference title. If QB P.J. Walker can get back to his freshman form they have a really good chance to do so under up and coming coach Matt Rhule.

Houston Cougars

+600

The Cougars have always been a bit of a sleeping giant. They got things going pretty good under coach Kevin Sumlin before he left for Texas A&M and now they are hoping to rekindle that kind of magic under new coach Tom Herman, who is from the Urban Meyer coaching tree. If he can get things going there is plenty of local talent to recruit and this season they are in a good position to challenge for the AAC title. They should definitely be on your watch list.

Projected Standings:

East Division:

1. Cincinnati

2. Central Florida

3. Temple

4. East Carolina

5. Connecticut

West Division:

1. Houston

2. Memphis

3. Navy

4. Tulsa

5. Tulane

6. SMU

Best Bet: Cincinnati

Best Value: UCF

The odds for the Black Knights to take the title are out of the top four this season but they are among the most consistent programs in the AAC and have some next level talent on the roster. They tied for the top spot last year and even though they are retooling there is continuity in key spots like QB Justin Holman.

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