The final look at the 2017 American Athletic Conference season, with the final rankings by opinions and top seasons, top players, coaches and games.
American Athletic Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games
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American Athletic Conference Final Analysis
The UCF season made the conference a national big thing each and every week. It was supposed to by USF’s year, and it was great, but that team up the road was just a wee bit better.
Memphis was able to beat UCLA and put up huge numbers, and Navy had a great bowl game against Virginia, but again, it was UCF, USF, and Memphis who made this a big year.
SMU was able to rise up, Temple bounced back after a rough start, and Houston and Tulane were fine. However, the bottom of the league dragged down everyone else with horrible seasons from UConn, Cincinnati, Tulsa and East Carolina.
And now the conference is undergoing a few key changes with Scott Frost off to Nebraska and Sonny Dykes taking over at SMU, but for the most part, the stability is there going into 2018.
There might not be another 2017 UCF, but the league should be better at the bottom.
American Athletic Conference Final Rankings (by opinion)
12. East Carolina
American Athletic Conference Final Rankings (by season & merit)
9. East Carolina
American Athletic Conference Coaching Rankings
1. Scott Frost, UCF
2. Mike Norvell, Memphis
3. Charlie Strong, USF
4. Geoff Collins, Temple
5. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
6. Chad Morris, SMU
7. Willie Fritz, Tulane
8. Major Applewhite, Houston
9. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina
10. Randy Edsall, Connecticut
11. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati
12. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa
American Athletic Conference Top Ten Players
1. QB McKenzie Milton, Soph. UCF
2. QB Riley Ferguson, Sr. Memphis
3. WR Anthony Miller, Sr. Memphis
4. DT Ed Oliver, Soph. Houston
5. DE Justin Lawler, Sr. SMU
6. QB Quinton Flowers, Sr. USF
7. LB Shaquem Griffin, Sr. UCF
8. QB/RB Malcolm Perry, Soph. Navy
9. LB Genard Avery, Jr. Memphis
10. WR Trey Quinn, Jr. SMU
American Athletic Conference Ten Best Games
1. UCF 62, Memphis 55 OT, (AAC championship), Dec. 2
2. UCF 49, USF 42, Nov. 24
3. Memphis 48, UCLA 45, Sept. 16
4. Army 14, Navy 13, Dec. 9
5. East Carolina 41, UConn 38, Sept. 24
6. UCF 34, Auburn 27, (Peach Bowl), Jan. 1
7. SMU 43, Navy 40, Nov. 11
8. Toledo 54, Tulsa 51, Sept. 16
9. Tulane 41, SMU 38, Nov. 25
10. Navy 48, Air Force 45, Oct. 7