Cincinnati and Houston ended 2021 as the pinnacle groups within the American Athletic Conference and now not a lot has changed for '22.
The center of the league is tough to predict, as Memphis returns quarterback Seth Henigan, Tulane must enhance after a disappointing 2-10 record,
and Tulsa brings lower back quarterback Davis Brin and an offense with high-scoring capability.
How does Athlon Sports task the American Athletic Conference for 2022? Steven Lassan predicts and ranks the AAC for q4:
American Athletic Conference 2022 Predictions
1. Cincinnati Despite the departure of numerous key gamers from ultimate year’s crew that made the CFB Playoff, the Bearcats are still Athlon’s pick out atop the AAC.
2. Houston The Cougars jumped to twelve-2 in educate Dana Holgorsen’s third 12 months at the helm, and with Cincinnati losing a handful of key participants, the door is open for Houston to shut the space a bit greater in ’22.
3. UCF Despite accidents to multiple key players (inclusive of quarterback Dillon Gabriel), train Gus Malzahn guided the Knights to a 9-4 season capped via a win over Florida in the Gasparilla Bowl for his debut in Orlando.
4. SMU New teach Rhett Lashlee inherits a crew equipped to win proper away.
5. East Carolina After winning seven video games in his first years at the helm in Greenville, instruct Mike Houston matched that overall ultimate season (7-five) in a breakthrough ’21 marketing campaign
6. Memphis The Tigers took a step returned from an eight-three mark in 2020, completing 6-6 and three-5 in the AAC.
7. Tulane The Green Wave entered 2021 with excessive expectancies but slumped to the worst season (2-10) below train Willie Fritz.
8. USF With a 3-18 report in his first years at USF, it’s no mystery coach Jeff Scott needs to expose some progress in ’22. With 18 starters again, development have to be conceivable.
9. Navy Outside of an eleven-2 finish in 2019, the Midshipmen are 10-25 of their final four seasons.
10. Temple New instruct Stan Drayton inherits a group that went three-9 and won just one conference game (Memphis) in league play last fall.