College Football 2015: AAC Pre-Season Power Rankings
12. Connecticut- UConn was bad last year and finished last season with a record of 2-10. They lose their starting quarterback and top 2 receivers. This looks like another rough year for Connecticut.
11. SMU- Their only win last year was their last game of the year against UConn. This offseason they have hired Chad Morris to be their new head coach. They are starting to rebuild but won’t be relevant in the AAC this season.
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10. South Florida- USF finished the season 4-8 last year. They only return 8 starters this year and have a tough schedule. They travel to Florida State and Maryland and host Syracuse for out of conference games. They are to inexperienced this year.
9. Tulane- Tulane finished last season 3-9 but they do return some good players. Their quarterback returns and has some skill. Their defense has some talented players such as Nico Marley and Darion Moore. They should have a slightly better season.
8. Tulsa- Tulsa hired new head coach Phillip Montgomery after finishing last year with a 2-10 record. Phillip Montgomery was previously the offensive coordinator at Baylor. Their offense will improve greatly but their defense still needs work. They also need to learn to win on the road; they were practically blown out every game on the road.
7. East Carolina- Finished last year with a record of 8-5. Unfortunately the Pirates lost a lot of talent. Their quarterback Shane Carden that was 2nd in the nation in passing yards last year and their to 2 leading wide receivers. I think their quarterback carried them last year and without him they will be looking for answers.
6. UCF- Central Florida finished the season with a 9-4 record. They lost a lot of people and only return 10 starters from last year’s team. 7 of there defense of starters have left and defense was one of the big reasons they won 9 games last year. I think Coach O’Leary will keep this team bowl eligible even with their tough schedule.
5. Temple- Temple was a 500 team last season. They return 17 starters from that team and will look to improve. They have a solid defense but they need their offense to pick it up for a shot at the AAC title.
4. Navy- This will be Navy’s first season in the AAC. All eyes will be on them to se how they do. They have a great quarterback in Keenan Reynolds in the their triple-option offense. No one knows how they will fair in the new conference but I feel that they will have a good season.
3. Houston- Houston has hired former Ohio state offensive coordinator Tom Herman to be their new head coach. There are some question marks on offense but, Coach Herman should have this team ready to go. They have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and with their new head coach Houston has a legitimate shot of winning the AAC title.
2. Memphis- Claimed a share of the AAC title finishing with a 10-3 record. They return 7 starters on offense and should have a solid offense. However they have to replace 8 starters on defense. Memphis lost a lot on defense but have a good offense and if they can figure it out on defense, they are a team to watch out for.
1. Cincinnati- The Bearcats also claimed a share of the AAC title last season finishing with a record of 9-4. They have a great offense that is lead by quarterback Gunner kiel who threw 31 touchdown passes last season. They have some questions on defense but should be fine. Cincinnati won their last 7 regular season games last year and looked like the best AAC team at the end of the season. They return a lot of players and will be the favorites to win the AAC.
AAC Overview: This is the first year that the AAC will have a championship game. They have just added Navy to the division, which will make things interesting with their triple-option offense. Cincinnati is the favorite to win this division, but it is very wide open and I could see any of these top 5 teams winning the title.