AAC Championship Prediction
The UCF Knights have dominated the American Athletic Conference the past two seasons and are looking to win a third consecutive conference title in 2019. Will they get the job done?
According to oddsmakers, Central Florida is a +125 favorite to win the conference this year. Other short odds to win the AAC is Memphis (+300), Houston (+600), Cincinnati (+600) and South Florida (+850).
UCF has won the AAC title game the last two years and had unbeaten runs through conference play. The Knights have 11 starters back from last season, including six on offense. Brandon Wimbush, the former Notre Dame QB, takes over the offense this year.
Memphis lost to UCF in the title game the last two years, including a double OT loss in 2017. The Tigers have 16 starters back on offense this year, including six from an offense that averaged 42.9 points per game. Brady White is back at QB to lead the offense.
Houston won the AAC Championship Game in 2015. The Cougars were tied for first in the West Division last year, but didn’t make the title game. Houston has 12 starters back this year, including seven from an offense that averaged 43.9 points per game. D’Eriq King is back at quarterback to lead the unit.
Cincinnati went 6-2 in the division last year while South Florida was just 3-5. The Bearcats return 13 starters this year, including sophomore QB Desmond Ridder. The Bulls have 17 starters back, including nine on offense. Blake Barnett is leading the offense for his senior season.
UCF has proven to be a national power the last two years, but you have to wonder how long the Knights can keep this up. Memphis has been right on UCF’s heels and I think the Tigers are eager to finally get that AAC championship. The Tigers suffered some bad losses last season, but I think they will avoid that this year with a veteran offense and a defense that has eight starters back.
American Athletic Conference Championship Prediction: Memphis +300