2017 ACC Title Odds
The American Athletics Conference was formed a few years back with the remnants of the old Big East and several additions from Conference USA and it has quickly become one of the best Mid Majors in college football. The competition for this season’s AAC title should be a great battle to the bitter end.
The Temple Owls come into the new season as reining AAC Champions, but according to the futures odds at BetOnline there should be a changing of the guard in 2017 with a number other teams coming in higher on the list.
Top AAC Favorite To Win The Conference
The team with the best odds to win this year’s AAC Championship is the South Florida Bulls as a -130 odds-on favorite. Led by Heisman hopeful Quinton Flowers at quarterback, new head coach Charlie Strong will be looking to take the next step after the Bulls finished second to Temple in the AAC East Division with a record of 7-1 as part of an overall record of 11-2 last year.
There are some questions with the offensive line and receiving corps in light of a few new faces in the starting lineup, but Flowers appears to be the real deal after passing for 2,812 yards and 24 touchdowns while adding another 1,530 yards and 18 scores on the ground. Linebacker Auggie Sanchez is back to lead the defense along with defensive tackle Deadrin Senat and defensive back Deatrick Nichols.
Top AAC Contenders
The next team on the list at +500 betting odds is the Houston Cougars. They are coming off a 5-3 record in the AAC West last season while going 9-4 overall. The main reason for such high expectations in 2017 revolves around Ed Oliver and a defensive line that could be the best in the conference. The Cougars’ offense averaged 443 total yards per game in 2016 and it returns all five starters up front from last year’s unit. Kyle Allen should get the start at quarterback with Kyle Postma and D’Eriq King waiting in the wings.
The top contender in the AAC could be the Memphis Tigers at +550 odds to win. Riley Ferguson returns at quarterback to lead an offense that should be able to move the ball through the air and on the ground behind a number of quality receivers and running backs. Ferguson put the ball up 443 times last season and completed 63.2 percent of his throws for 3,698 yards and 32 scores. If head coach Mike Norvell can get the most from his defense, especially the front seven, Memphis could easily take that jump from third in the West to the top of that division.
The betting odds for a few other contenders to win the AAC this season include Central Florida at +800, Tulsa at +900 and Navy at +1000 coming off a West Division title last season while going 7-1 in conference play. The Midshipmen’s only loss was against South Florida before falling to Temple in the conference title game.
Top AAC Longshot
Temple would be a logical pick at +1600 odds to win given everything the Owls accomplished last season, but the loss of running back Jahad Thomas is a big hole to fill. Ventell Bryant takes over at quarterback and there are a number of other holes to fill on defense with just five starters back from last year’s squad.
My top play to win the AAC at longer odds would be the Cincinnati Bearcats at +3300. They fell to 4-8 overall last season with just one victory in conference play, but new head coach Luke Fickell takes over a very talented team that simply did not live up to its potential. The defense is stacked with the best linebackers in the conference and with Hayden Moore back at quarterback along with wide receivers’ Devin Gray and Khalil Lewis; the Bearcats’ offense has enough playmakers to make some serious noise this time around.
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