How good are the 3 AAC teams that are headed to the Big 12 with BYU?

Houston Cougars offensive lineman Dennis Bardwell, center right, dives for a loose ball during the second half of an American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Cincinnati Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)


Just as the BYU football program will be in its final year of independence this season before joining the Big 12 Conference in 2023, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF will be in their final year of American Athletic Conference membership before leaving.

On Thursday, the AAC’s preseason media poll was released, and those three schools topped it.

Dana Holgorsen’s Houston squad, which went 12-2 last year and beat Auburn in a bowl game,is the AAC media’s preseason pick to win the conference:
1. Houston
2. Cincy
3. UCF
4. SMU
5. Memphis
6. ECU
7. Tulane
8. Tulsa
9. USF
10. Navy
11. Temple

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 28, 2022

Cincinnati made history last season when it became the first Group of Five team to ever make the College Football Playoff, but it was not picked to win the AAC this season.

That honor went to Houston, which finished last season ranked No. 17 in the country after going 12-2 (Cincinnati finished No. 4 after going 13-1, its only loss coming to Alabama in the CFP semifinals).


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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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