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2015 American Athletic
College Football
Season Preview


Please note: Our conference reports analyze what the Congrove Computer Rankings preseason forecast predicts. Team power ratings change weekly during the season to reflect the actual results of the games. For projecting results, 3 points are added to the home team.

During the 2014 season, from beginning to end, including bowl games:
Overall, 9 teams gained 10 or more "power points". TCU led the gainers at 19.79, followed by Georgia Southern at 18.98.
Among current American Athletic teams, Memphis gained the most at 11.45.
Overall, 21 teams gained 5.00 - 9.99 points.
Overall, 26 teams gained less than 5 points.
Overall, 37 teams fell less than 5 points.
Overall, 25 teams fell 5.00-9.99 points.
Overall, 10 teams fell 10 power points or more. SMU fell the most at 15.26, followed by UTSA at 14.74.
Among current American Athletic teams, SMU fell the most at 15.26.
Overall, the average change of teams in 2014 was a loss of 0.33 points.
Among current American Athletic teams, the average change in 2014 was a loss of 1.92 points.

2015 Conference Preview
2015 PROJECTED ORDER OF FINISH
AAC East
  Team Over-All
W-L
Conf.
W-L
Nat'l
Rank
Power
Rating
Sched.
Rank
? Cincinnati ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? Connecticut ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? East Carolina ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? Temple ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? UCF ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? USF ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
AAC West
  Team Over-All
W-L
Conf.
W-L
Nat'l
Rank
Power
Rating
Sched.
Rank
? Houston ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? Memphis ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? Navy ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? SMU ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? Tulane ?-? ?-? ? ? ?
? Tulsa ?-? ?-? ? ? ?

*-Championship: Saturday, Dec. 5 on TV TBA
? VS. ?
*-Hosted by the highest-ranked divisional champion

Conference Champ
?
Title Game Result: ?

Also See:
Preseason Media Poll
(to come)

Preview

Navy moves in from the Independent ranks to make the American a 12-team conference.

As such, the highlight of the 2015 schedule will be the first American Athletic Conference Football Championship, which will be played at the home site of one of the two division winners on Saturday, December 5. Oddly enough, Navy doesn't play its final game until a week later, but the annual showdown vs. Army is a nonconference affair.

The American Athletic Conference East Division will be comprised of UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple.

The West Division will consist of Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.

Are we the only ones who find it odd that Navy was placed in the West and Cincinnati in the East?

Each of the 12 teams in The American will play eight conference games this season, facing the other five teams in its own division, as well as three teams from the other division. Such a format allows each school to play every conference opponent both at home and on the road at least once in a four-year cycle.

Check back later for more on the upcoming 2015 season.

 




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