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Cincinnati Bearcats 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Cincinnati was projected to be among the American Athletic Conference's top teams last fall but slipped to 7-6 overall. While last year was a disappointment, the Bearcats could be poised for a turnaround in 2016. The offense remains explosive with quarterback Gunner Kiel at the helm, and Cincinnati had its share of bad luck with turnovers last season. If the Bearcats eliminate some of the...

Tulsa Golden Hurricane 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference was one of the nation’s major success stories last season as team’s like Memphis, Houston, Temple and Navy all spent time in the top 25 at one time or another. Look a little deeper, and you’ll see Tulsa’s rebound year. The Golden Hurricane won more games in the first season under Philip Montgomery (six) than they did in the last two under...

Memphis Tigers 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Justin Fuente pulled off one of the best rebuilds in recent college football history, taking over a program that went 5-31 in a three-year span before he arrived. By his third season, Memphis won 10 games and then nine games in his fourth. With Fuente gone to Virginia Tech, Memphis faces a task perhaps as tough as the one Fuente inherited back in 2012 — sustaining the program without him....

UConn Huskies 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
UConn exceeded even modest expectations in Bob Diaco’s second season. Coming off a 2-10 season in 2014, UConn cobbled together a 4-4 record in the American Athletic Conference, including an upset of league champion Houston in November. The expectations have changed for the Huskies, who will look to take a standout defense to a second consecutive bowl game. Follow Athlon Sports on Twitter...

UCF Knights 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
A winless season, including a loss to FCS member Furman, signaled the end of the George O' Leary era at UCF. Oregon offensive whiz Scott Frost takes over the reigns of a program that is just three seasons removed from winning the Fiesta Bowl and was a conference champion in 2014. Frost may be just what the Knights need to get back to the top of the American Athletic Conference, but it may...

SMU Mustangs 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Chad Morris era at SMU did not get off to the quick start many were hoping for. The Mustangs endured an eight-game losing streak and finished their 2015 campaign with just one more victory (2) than they had in '14. There's still plenty of reason for optimism, however, as SMU's offense in particular could take a big step forward this season with experienced playmakers returning....

Tulane Green Wave 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Willie Fritz takes over at Tulane after leading Georgia Southern the past two seasons. The Green Wave will look to adopt Fritz' run-oriented offensive philosophy, especially given the overall lack of experience on that side of the ball. The defense returns seven starters, but that's from a unit that gave up more than 36 points per game last season.   Follow Athlon Sports on...

East Carolina Pirates 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Despite a run of three straight bowl appearances from 2012-14, East Carolina fired Ruffin McNeill at the end of last season. Former Duke offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery takes over and inherits a Pirates teams with considerable experience. The offense (4 returning starters) will be a work in progress, so a return to the postseason could rely on the defense and a strong showing...

Temple Owls 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
After one of the best years in school history, the Owls are set for another successful season under coach Matt Rhule. Stars P.J. Walker and Jahad Thomas should carry the load offensively again in Philadelphia, but the defense has a few big names to replace. In the best Group of 5 conference in the country, Temple will have a tough road ahead of them. October will be for all the marbles in...

Navy Midshipmen 2016 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Previewing Navy’s Offense for 2016   Navy begins life after Keenan Reynolds, the record-setting quarterback and four-year starter. Reynolds graduated as the most prolific option quarterback in college football history, having set the FBS record for touchdowns scored. Senior Tago Smith patiently bided his time as the backup the past two seasons and is prepared to take the reins of...