2018 AAC Season Football Preview
Looking for AAC Conference 2018 predictions? This is a deep conference. Don’t kid yourself into thinking because it doesn’t get the national respect that it’s not. UCF got all the attention last year for its incredible regular season, it’s monumental upset over the Auburn Tigers and then the subsequent “real champion” claims by the team and its fan base, but this conference goes three teams deep when it comes to potential double-digit wins in 2018 and another two or three will easily qualify for bowl games with seven or eight wins.
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AAC Conference 2018 Odds: UCF Knights (+140)
Last year’s run won’t be forgotten any time soon, but the harsh reality is that Scott Frost is gone and the team at large will need to prove it wasn’t a flash in the pan for the rest of the nation doubting what it can do next.
In 2018, the Knights—under new head coach Josh Heupel—should maintain their offensive prowess from a year ago. That’s a huge deal for Heupel, who struggled on offense a year ago against winning teams at Missouri.
Defensively, UCF will have to find ways to replace some important cogs, including linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Defensive continuity should be fine, but how they fill in the gaps will determine if this team can go undefeated for a second year in a row.
AAC Conference 2018 Odds: Memphis Tigers (+175)
When looking at the odds (see full American Athletic Conference odds below), Memphis is the clear No. 2 in the AAC. But the truth is that there is going to be a fun battle all year between Memphis, Navy and Houston to come out of the West on top of things.
As far as Memphis goes, the Tigers are going to be out pick. Yes, the team has to replace its quarterback and a major weapon on the outside in Anthony Miller, but it has a talented, deep group at running back to help out whoever steps in as the new starter behind center.
An elite offensive line doesn’t hurt either, which should A) make the running game that much better this season, and B) further help whoever lands the QB gig get comfortable very early in the process.
AAC Conference 2018 Odds: South Florida Bulls, Houston Cougars (+1000)
South Florida and Houston both enter the 2018 season at +1000 to win the conference. Houston sits at +100000 when it comes to national title odds, while South Florida is in the next tier up at +50000.
Ahead of the new college football campaign, you’re going to hear a lot about how these teams—along with Navy—could surprise some folks. You’ll read that the numbers (again, see odds below) are deceiving.
The truth is, though, we’re big believers in Memphis and UCF. The numbers you see below should be accurate representations of this conference at large, and we believe people will realize that when the year comes to a close.
AAC Conference 2018 Odds
- UCF Knights +140
- Memphis Tigers +175
- South Florida Bulls +1000
- Houston Cougars +1000
- Navy Midshipmen +1200
- Temple Owls +1200
- SMU Mustangs +2500
- Tulane Green Wave +2500
- Tulsa Golden Hurricane +3300
- Cincinnati Bearcats +5000
- East Carolina Pirates +6600
- Connecticut Huskies +10000
AAC Conference: 2018 Prediction
Memphis is going to be a tough out in 2018, but we like UCF to take home the AAC champion honors for a second year in a row. Going undefeated will be tough, and quite frankly, we don’t see it happening. But barring a major slip or significant issues in the health department, their run of the conference should be a successful one when it’s all said and done.
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