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American Athletic Conference Football 2019 Predictions

Complete preview of the American Athletic Conference for 2019
American Athletic Conference Football 2019 Predictions

The American Athletic Conference ranks as the best league in the Group of 5, and it’s no surprise a couple of familiar faces - UCF, Memphis, Cincinnati and Houston - lead the way in the 2019 predictions. The Knights are 25-1 over the last two seasons and are Athlon’s pick to win the AAC and finish this year ranked as the highest team among Group of 5 conference champions. UCF will be pushed by Cincinnati in the East Division. Memphis and Houston are projected to have a tight battle atop the West, with Tulane and SMU in the next tier.

 

American Athletic 2019 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the AAC's best for 2019
American Athletic 2019 All-Conference Team

The 2019 American Athletic All-Conference team is anchored by 13 selections from UCF and Cincinnati, followed by USF at 12 and Houston, Memphis and Temple with 11. SMU, Tulsa and Tulane headline the next tier with nine selections apiece on the 2019 All-AAC squad.

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2019. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2019 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

Ranking All 130 College Football Coaching Jobs for 2019

Athlon ranks the best places to coach in 2019
Ranking All 130 College Football Coaching Jobs

Debating the best job among all 130 college football teams or within any conference is always an ongoing discussion. The debate doesn’t start with a small sample size but should take into account more of a long-term (both past and future) in order to get a better snapshot of the program. Every college football program is unique and has its own set of challenges. But some programs are clearly better than others.

2019 American Athletic Conference Quarterback Rankings

Ranking the AAC's signal-callers for 2019
American Athletic Conference Quarterback Rankings for 2019

The American Athletic Conference features a deep group of quarterbacks for the 2019 season. Houston’s D’Eriq King is the league’s No. 1 signal-caller and ranks among the best in college football. Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Memphis’ Brady White headline the next tier, with transfers Brandon Wimbush (UCF) and Shane Buechele (SMU) looking to make an impact at their new school in 2019. The league’s depth extends to Temple’s Anthony Russo, Navy’s Malcolm Perry and Tulane’s Justin McMillan.

 

College Football's Top 12 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2019

Examining which JUCO QBs will make the biggest impact this fall
College Football's Top 12 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2019

Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and as evidenced by the recent wave of departures, quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time. While developing a quarterback through the high school ranks is the preferred option for coaches, the junior college level presents quick-fix options and players who were often overlooked in the recruiting process.

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2019 NFL Draft

Several big-time college football stars did not get drafted
College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2019 NFL Draft

With the 2019 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was concerns about size, overall talent, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-day event.

 

Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Tua Tagovailoa is the early leader for the top spot in next year's draft
Early 2020 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

The ink on the 2019 NFL Draft is barely dry but some of the attention has already shifted to next year's event. And while that partly may due to the anticipation of the draft taking place in Las Vegas, the players projected to headline the 2020 edition have a little something to do with this as well.

 

College Football Rankings: 2019 Pre-Spring Top 130 Teams

A pre-spring ranking of every FBS team for 2019
College Football Rankings: Pre-Spring Top 130 Teams

With signing day in the books, and rosters largely set for the 2019 season, spring practice is now the focus for all 130 college football teams. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are released later this summer.

 

Ranking the American Athletic Conference College Football Coaching Jobs

Athlon ranks every coaching job in the AAC
Ranking the American Athletic Conference College Football Coaching Jobs 2019

The American Athletic Conference ranks as the top Group of 5 league in college football. UCF and Houston have combined to play in three of the five appearances by Group of 5 teams in New Year's Six bowls since the start of the College Football Playoff prior to the 2014 season. Considering UCF, Houston, USF and Houston are some of the top jobs at the Group of 5 level, this league has been a stepping stone for coaches in recent years. Every program outside of Navy has changed head coaches at least once prior to the 2015 season.  

 

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2019

Examining where teams rank in terms of talent heading into the season
Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2019

Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or performing at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts.

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