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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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The Midshipmen host Pittsburgh at Navy’s home field in Annapolis Md. Navy is vying for their first 11 game win season in what could very be coach Ken Niumatalolo’s last game. Niumatalolo, who took over as Midshipmen coach prior to the the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl, is 67-37-0 – the winningest coach in Academy annals – but appears to be a strong candidate to take over at BYU. “It’s been my life,” Niumatalolo, a Mormon who went on a two-year mission after his freshman year at Hawaii, told reporters about his time at Navy. “My kids have grown up here. I’ve given everything for this program.”

Keenan Reynolds, who finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting, plays his final collegiate game after becoming the first Midshipmen quarterback to defeat Army four times. Reynolds rushed for two touchdowns in No. 22 Navy’s 21-17 victory over the Black Knights on Dec. 12 to set the Division I record with 85 career TDs, passing Georgia Southern‘s Adrian Peterson and Towson‘s Terrance West. Reynolds has rushed for 4,415 yards, trailing only West Virginia‘s Pat White (4,480) and Michigan‘s Denard Robinson (4,495) on the all-time FBS list for quarterbacks.

While it appears the Midshipmen may soon need a new coach, Pittsburgh’s Pat Narduzzi on Dec. 10 received a two-year contract extension through 2021 after guiding the Panthers to eight wins in his first season. Narduzzi’s rushing defense is 20th nationally at 126.1 yards per game, but he must figure out a way to stop the country’s No. 3 ground attack which averages 319.2 yards. Pittsburgh held Navy to 220 rushing yards in a 24-21 loss in Annapolis on a last-second goal in 2013.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (8-4, 6-2 ACC): The Panthers boast a trio of offensive standouts in quarterback Nathan Peterman (61.4 percent completion rate, 19 touchdowns, five interceptions), redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison (1,048 rushing yards, 10 TDs) and wide receiver Tyler Boyd (85 catches, six TDs). Freshman defensive back Jordan Whitehead finished third in the ACC with 67 solo tackles. Pittsburgh, which finished second to North Carolina in the ACC’s Coastal Division, plays in its eighth straight bowl after losing to Houston 35-34 in last season’s Armed Forces Bowl to drop to 13-18 in bowl games.

ABOUT NAVY (10-2, 7-1 American Athletic Conference): Reynolds ran for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns this season – the second-most rushing scores in the nation to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama (23) – while fullback Chris Swain added 909 yards and 10 scores. Reynolds tossed seven touchdown passes – five to wide receiver Jamir Tillman – in 98 attempts this season. The Midshipmen (9-10-1 in bowl games) play in their fourth straight bowl and try for their third consecutive victory after a 17-16 win over San Diego State in the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl and a 24-6 verdict over Middle Tennessee in the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl.

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Navy Midshipmen versus Army Black Knights

College Football Fantasy Picks 12-12-2015

The tradition continues from one of the oldest rivalries from college football as the Navy Midshipmen will meet the Army Black Knights. DFS draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on Saturday December 12th to follow the results of their one day fantasy league picks.

Navy has defeated Army in 13 straight seasons. Last year was a low scoring game with Navy posting the 17-10 victory. The yardage levels were low with Navy gaining 282 yards with Army coming in with 235 yards. Not a whole lot of passing yardage with Keenan Reynolds from Navy passing for 77 yards and a touchdown with the Army quarterbacks generating 33 yards passing. Reynolds for Navy was able to rush for 100 yards and a touchdown.

It has been a very good year for the Navy as the team is headed to a bowl game with a record of 9-2. Their two losses all came on the road against good competition with a 41-24 defeat at Notre Dame and in their past game they lose 52-31 to the Houston Cougars on November 27th. Some noteworthy wins for the Midshipmen came on the road to Memphis by the score of 45-20 as well as a home victory to Air Force 33-11.

Unfortunately for Army it is another down year on the gridiron. The team is a disappointing 2-9 entering play. They lost to Rutgers 31-21 at home in their last game way back on November 21st by the score of 31-21. The Black Knights have a four game losing streak. The wins for Army came at home to Bucknell by the score of 21-14 and there was a road 58-36 victory at Eastern Michigan early in the year. They traveled to Penn St on October 3rd and were competitive in a 20-14 road defeat. Army has a common opponent in the Air Force where they dropped a 20-3 decision on the road. Army has put up poor offensive yards. The team is 111th in the nation in total offense as they gain 337 yards per game. They score 22.5 points a game which is 106th in all of college football.

Army Black Knights QB:

Chris Carter

Due to injuries at the quarterback position the freshman signal caller was called into action on November 21st in their game with Rutgers. Carter hit on 4 of 6 throws that day for 140 yards with a touchdown and pick. He led the Black Knights against the Scarlet Knights with 20 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Army Black Knights RB:

Aaron Kemper

Kemper leads the running backs at Army with 513 yards rushing on 95 carries with three touchdowns. Against Rutgers he rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. He had a nice performance at Rice back on October 24th where he ran for 129 yards and a touchdown plus averaging 9.2 yards per carry in that game.

Army Black Knights WR:

Edgar Poe

The junior wide receiver leads the Black Knights with 11 catches for 320 yards with five touchdowns. He has made big plays in the passing game with 29.1 yards per carry average. In the game against Rutgers, Poe had two grabs for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Navy Midshipmen QB:

Keenan Reynolds

Reynolds has completed 54.8% of his throws for 964 yards with six touchdowns and a pick. He leads the team on the ground with 1093 yards on 220 carries and 19 touchdowns. The senior quarterback is averaging 5.0 yards per carry on his runs. In the loss to Houston Reynolds threw for 312 yards with a touchdown and pick. He rushed 19 times for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Navy Midshipmen RB:

Chris Swain

The senior running back has rushed for 847 yards on 169 carries on the campaign with ten touchdowns. He has seen significant action in his past three years with the school. He had a notable performance on November 7th at Memphis where he rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. He got into the end zone twice at Houston in their past game.

Navy Midshipmen WR:

Jamir Tillman

Tillman has caught 22 passes for 468 yards with four touchdowns. He had a good performance at Houston with five catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.

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QB: Keenan Reynolds (Navy)

RB: Chris Swain (Navy)

WR: Jamir Tillman (Navy)

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