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American Athletic Conference Football 2014 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
2014 American Athletic Predictions American AthleticOverall1. Cincinnati7-19-32. East Carolina7-18-43. UCF6-28-44. Houston5-38-45. South Florida5-36-66. UConn3-55-77. SMU3-54-88. Memphis3-55-79. Tulane2-63-910. Temple2-63-911. Tulsa1-72-10After a few years of instability and changes, the American Athletic Conference seems to be on solid footing entering the 2014 season. Although the league...

American Athletic Conference Announces Division Alignment for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The American Athletic Conference has announced its new divisional alignment for the 2015 season. With Navy set to join the league in 2015, the American Athletic Conference will have 12 teams and will play a championship game on a campus site at the end of the year.Here are the divisional breakdowns for 2015 and beyond:EastWestCincinnatiHoustonEast CarolinaMemphisTempleNavyUCFSMUUConnTulaneSouth...

2014 College Football Rankings: #55 UCF

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The 2014 college football season starts on Aug. 27 and continues into mid-January with the first edition of the four-team playoff. Athlon Sports is counting down until kickoff with projections and previews for all 128 FBS teams. Here is our team preview for No. 55 UCF.Previewing UCF’s Offense for 2014:UCF brings back plenty of weapons on offense from a 12–1 Fiesta Bowl champion squad...

Consensus Quarterback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

By Braden Gall, 4 months 3 weeks ago
To win a Super Bowl, a team must play defense, must be able to run the ball in short yardage situations but, above all else, must have a good quarterback.It’s why 13 of the last 16 NFL drafts have begun with a team selecting a signal-caller with the No. 1 overall pick. Some of those have been home runs (Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Eli Manning), some have been total busts (JaMarcus Russell...

Early American Athletic Conference Football Predictions for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 5 days ago
The American Athletic Conference has experienced several changes over the last few years. Of course, the biggest is a name change. The Big East is only a basketball conference, with the football schools rebranded under the American Athletic Conference label.Outside of the name, the biggest change has been the programs in the conference. Louisville, Syracuse and Pittsburgh departed the old Big...

College Football's Top Five Teams on the Decline for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 8 months 1 week ago
College football’s 2013 season is officially in the books. While kickoff for the 2014 season is still months away, it’s never too early to start looking at rosters, depth charts and coaching changes for teams poised to make a jump in the rankings next year.Of course, with a few months to dissect rosters, opinions can change on teams. No matter the conference or school, there are...

UCF QB Bortles, RB Johnson leaving for NFL

By Evan Buhler, 8 months 1 week ago
Blake Bortles arrived at UCF as a virtual unknown quarterback with modest expectations. Running back Storm Johnson was a transfer looking for a new start.

Fiesta Bowl Preview and Prediction: Baylor vs. UCF

By David Fox, 8 months 2 weeks ago
In the first season of the BCS in 1998, the Fiesta Bowl was just a glimmer in the eyes of Baylor and UCF.In 1998, Baylor was just starting its Big 12 doormat phase, going 2-9. UCF fared much better that year, going 9-2 with quarterback Daunte Culpepper. But the Knights — still the Golden Knights back then — were new to college football’s upper division and hadn’t even...

Betting Against the Spread: College Football BCS Bowl Picks

By Braden Gall, 8 months 2 weeks ago
Like it or not, Las Vegas rarely gets it wrong, so tracking betting lines should always be a big part of each football weekend — even if there are no bets on the line. I finished the regular season 43-34-1 and that is where — if it were up to me — I would end my college football betting. Because betting on bowl games is a fool's errand. Motivation, focus, talent...

No. 17 UCF has loftier goals against rival USF

By Evan Buhler, 9 months 3 weeks ago
Located just 85 miles apart, South Florida and UCF have on paper always seemed like natural rivals.