CSJ Conference Preview: American Athletic Conference

College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), the fifth and final of our Group of Five Conference previews.

The American Athletic Conference is the top Group of 5 league currently and with the talent back, that likely will stay that way through this season.

UCF was the lone undefeated team not only in the Group of Five but also all of Division I football last year. And even though the Knights lost Scott Frost as their coach, new headman Josh Heupel has the tool to retain a high level.

UCF will face some contention from rival South Florida and possibly Temple in the East Division but the odds are high that UCF will again with the division.

In the West Division, Memphis was the winner last year and actually gave UCF its toughest game. The Tigers return much of the team last year and are the favorites in this division. Memphis looks like its toughest competition will come from Houston and Navy.

In the title game for the AAC, it will be a rematch in our projections and UCF will defeat the Tigers again.

For information and details on each school’s prospects for 2018, click on the links below.

East Division

  1. UCF
  2. South Florida
  3. Temple
  4. Cincinnati
  5. East Carolina
  6. Connecticut

West Division

  1. Memphis
  2. Navy
  3. Houston
  4. SMU
  5. Tulane
  6. Tulsa

2018 Preseason CSJ All-American Athletic Offense

QB – McKenzie Milton, Jr. UCF

QB – Malcom Perry, Jr. Navy

RB – Darrell Henderson, Jr. Memphis

WR – Trevon Brown, Sr. East Carolina

WR – Tyre McCants, Sr. USF

TE – Joey Magnifico, Jr. Memphis

OL – Jordan Johnson, Jr. UCF

OL – Chandler Miller, Sr. Tulsa

OL – Wyatt Miller, Sr. UCF

OL – Marcus Norman, Jr. USF

OL – Trevon Tate, Sr. Memphis

2018 Preseason CSJ All-American Athletic Defense

DE – Jerard Carter, Sr. Houston

DT – Trysten Hill, Jr. UCF

DT – Ed Oliver, Jr. Houston

DE – Greg Reaves, Jr. USF

LB – Curtis Akins, Sr. Memphis

LB – Shaun Bradley, Jr. Temple

LB – Chapelle Russell, Jr. Temple

CB – Donnie Lewis, Sr. Tulane

S – Kyle Gibson, Sr. UCF

S – Delvon Randall, Sr. Temple

CB – Jordan Wyatt, Sr. SMU

2018 Preseason CSJ All-American Athletic Special Teams

PK – Caden Novikoff, Sr.

P – James Smith, Soph. Cincinnati

KR – Tony Pollard, Jr. Memphis

PR – Isaiah Wright, Jr. Temple