CFN American Athletic Preview 2019: Can Anyone Catch UCF?

CFN American Athletic Preview 2019: Can Anyone Catch UCF?

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CFN American Athletic Preview 2019: Can Anyone Catch UCF?


Game Of The Year

Memphis at Houston, Nov. 16

Houston has to deal with UCF, but that might be the first of two meetings if it can get by Memphis be the new star in the West.

Tulane will be interesting, and SMU and Navy will be feisty, but this should be it – the Cougar-Tiger winner almost certainly go on to play for the conference title.

Memphis destroyed Houston last year and won three in a row in the series. How good have the games been between these two? Four of the last five were by four points or fewer.

5 Big-Time Players Who Deserve A Bigger Spotlight

Five players who have been a bit under the radar on a national level, but should rise up and be among the season’s best players.

1. QB D’Eriq King, Sr. Houston
2. RB Patrick Taylor, Sr.
3. RB Michael Warren, Jr.
4. DE Patrick Johnson, Jr. Tulane
5. WR James Proche, Sr. SMU

5 American Athletic Coaches On The Hot Seat

It’s not necessarily about who’s about to get fired. Who has to win now to avoid getting yelled at, and who could use a very big season? Who has the most pressure on them?

1. Randy Edsall, UConn
2. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa
3. Charlie Strong, USF
4. Dana Holgorsen, Houston
5. Sonny Dykes, SMU

5 Non-Conference Games That American Athletic Opponents Have To Be Very, Very Worried About

1. Houston at Oklahoma, Aug. 31
2. UCLA at Cincinnati, Aug. 29
3. Maryland at Temple, Sept. 14
4.  Ole Miss at Memphis, Aug. 31
5. Wisconsin at USF, Aug. 30

5 Best Pro Prospects

1. S Richie Grant, Jr. UCF
2. S James Wiggins, Jr.
3. CB Mike Hampton, Jr.
4. TE Mitchell Wilcox, Sr.
5. DE/LB Bryce Huff, Sr. Memphis

5 Biggest Shoes To Fill

1. QB Brandon Wimbush for McKenzie Milton (and, until healthy, Darriel Mack), UCF
2. RB Jager Gardner for Ryquell Armstead, Temple
3. DE Chance Purvis for Nate Harvey, East Carolina
4. DT Blake Young for Ed Oliver, Houston
5. DE Randy Charlton for Titus Davis, UCF

American Athletic Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
East Cincinnati | ECU | Temple | UConn | UCF | USF
West Houston | Memphis | Navy | SMU | Tulane | Tulsa

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