NCAA Fantasy Football Preview

The American Athletic Conference

The time has come for college football. With a little less than two month before kickoff in Sidney, FanPicks previews the NCAA 2016 campaign. First off is the American Athletic Conference holding twelve programs on their list. The Houston Cougars came out on top, winning fourteen out of their fifteen 2015 games including the Peach bowl. They’ve stunned Florida State, who came in as the heavy favorite, to win by a score of 38-24 and take home silver football.

The American Athletic Conference last claimed the national championship in 1982, when the SMU Mustangs won it for two consecutive years. The Cincinnati Bearcats barely missed a participation to the BCS championship after recording a 12-0 season in 2009. The American Athletic Conference may not be has strong of a conference as the Big 12 or SEC, but has what it takes to make some noise as one of the five power conferences in the BCS.

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Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati logo

One team that may be pretty surprising going into the 2016 season is the Cincinnati Bearcats as they could make some noise in the AAC. They have a good problem right now as any one of their three quarterbacks (Hayden Moore, Ross Trail and Gunner Kiel) could win the starting job.

Connecticut Huskies Connecticut logo

Running back Arkeel Newsome led the AAC with 1,686 all-purpose yards as a sophomore, including two 100-yard rushing performances in the Huskies’ final five games.

East Carolina Pirates East Carolina logo

One of the top returning receivers in the nation, Isaiah Jones hauled in 98 passes for 1,099 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Houston Cougars Houston logo

The Cougars are coming off a breakthrough 13-1 season and Peach Bowl upset of Florida State. Dynamic dual-threat QB Greg Ward Jr. (2,828 yards and 17 TDs) should continue to develop under guru Tom Herman. He’ll have help from RB Duke Catalon and WRs Chance Allen and Isaiah Johnson.

Memphis Tigers Memphis logo

Doroland Dorceus was Memphis’ top all-around back last season, rushing for 661 yards and eight TDs while adding 217 receiving yards and three TD catches.

Navy MidshipmenNavy logo

The Navy Midshipmen had one of their best seasons in program history last year, going 11-2 and winning the Military Bowl. It was a relief for Navy’s fan to see coach Ken Niumatalolo decide to stay rather then take the offer to coach BYU this winter. Senior QB Tago Smith will have to follow in the footsteps of four-year starter Keenan Reynolds.

SMU Mustangs SMU logo

The 6-foot-4 sophomore, Courtland Sutton, is ranked fifth nationally among freshmen receivers with 862 yards and tied for the conference lead with nine TD receptions.

South Florida Bulls South Florida logo

Tailback Marlon Mack ran for a school-record 1,381 yards last year and led the conference in rushing, averaging 6.6 yards a carry with 13 runs of more than 20 yards.

Temple Owls Temple logo

QB P.J. Walker, a senior with 33 starts, holds school records for TD passes (52) and total offense (8,237 yards), and with 7,374 passing yards, he’s 121 short of the school record.

Tulane Green Wave Tulane

Former Tulane starting QB Tanner Lee has transfered to Nebraska. This means, Sherman Badie and Dontrell Hilliard, whom have both rushed for more than 600 yards in a season, should see more carries in an offense designed to run the football with multiple backs.

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Tulsa logo

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior, Dane Evans threw 25 TDs and completed 63 percent of his passes with just eight picks. He threw for 427 yards and four TDs with no interceptions at Oklahoma.

UCF Knights UCF logo

New University of Central Florida head coach Scott Frost introduced new uniform for the team, in hopes that they can shine from the few bright spots that they’ve offered last year. Wide receiver Tre’quan Smith led the Knights in receptions (52), receiving yards (724) and receiving TDs (four) and was one of the team’s few bright spots.

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Cincinnati Bearcats versus Memphis Tigers College Football Fantasy Preview

The Memphis Tigers will be hosting the Cincinnati Bearcats from college football from the AAC conference. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time on Thursday night September 24th.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will enter play with a record of 2-1 on the campaign. Their defeat came in week two losing at home to Temple 34-26. Last week the Bearcats visited Miami Ohio a MAC school and came away with a 37-33 victory. Cincinnati drove for a touchdown with a minute remaining for the victory. The team was able to move the football for 545 yards with 282 yards rushing. Defensively the Bearcats allowed 448 yards to the Red Hawks. Cincinnati will have to clean up the four turnovers from last week.

Memphis is a perfect 3-0 on the year. They have notable road wins at Kansas winning 55-23 and went into Bowling Green last week and won 44-41. The Tigers are fifth best in college football in scoring and rank eighth in the nation in total yards with 570 yards.

Cincinnati Bearcats QB:

Gunner Kiel

Junior quarterback Gunner Kiel has completed 63% of his throws for 805 yards with five touchdowns and four picks. In his lone road game at Miami Ohio Kiel hit on 15 of 26 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bearcats RB:

Tion Green

Green leads Cincinnati in carries with 49 rushes for 252 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 5.1 yards a carry on the season. On the road at Miami Ohio, Green had 19 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Hosey Williams

The senior running back has 44 carries for 221 yards and a touchdown. He had 81 rushing yards in the road win at Miami Ohio last week on 17 carries for nearly 5 yards per rush.

Cincinnati Bearcats WR:

Johnny Holton:

Holton had eight catches for 167 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 21 yards per reception on the campaign.

Shaq Washington:

The senior wide out has caught 17 balls for 166 yards and a touchdown. He had four grams for 44 yards last week at Miami Ohio.

Memphis Tigers QB:

Paxton Lynch:

The six foot seven inch junior quarterback has hit on 76% of his throws for 818 yards with six touchdowns and no picks. Last week at Bowling Green Lynch threw for 386 yards on 29 of 40 throws with three touchdowns.

Memphis Tigers RB:

Jarvis Cooper:

Cooper leads the Tigers in carries with 36 on the year with 174 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore back saw nine carries at Bowling Green and ran for just 15 yards for less than 2 yards per rush average.

Doroland Dorceus:

The sophomore back has rushed 29 times for 143 yards with four touchdowns. At Bowling Green last week Dorceus ran for 75 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown and a long run of 17 yards.

Memphis Tigers WR:

Mose Frazier

A senior wide out Mose Frazier has 17 catches on the year for 232 yards with two touchdowns. He caught seven passes at Bowling Green last week for 66 yards with a long gain of 26 yards.

Phil Mayhue:

The Tigers sophomore wide receiver has nine catches on the season for 124 yards. Week two was his most productive with five catches for 68 yards with a long reception going for 32 yards.

Tevin Jones

Jones has seen significant action in all four years with the program. He has five receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three balls at Bowling Green for 98 yards and a touchdown. He had a catch go for 48 yards last week.

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