American Athletic Conference Spring Edition 2022

AAC College Football Rankings and Realistic Good and Bad Records and Quick Analysis Predictions – 2022 Spring Edition.

As we move into the specifics of spring football and all the research, here is the first-look spring version of the rankings and thoughts about each American athletic conference team.

Cincinnati, UCF, Houston. All three are good enough to be considered the top team in the league in 2022, but there is progress among many other teams battling it out.

Rankings are based on how good the teams should be, not the ultimately projected records. Keeping in mind that all this may / may / will change when we make final calls in August …

– College football schedules by 2022 teams: All 131 schools

USF bulls

2020: 0-7 2019: 4-8 2018: 7-6

Can head coach Jeff Scott finally do this? The team needs more depth, it needs to bring something to the rebuilding defensive front, but the offense needs to start to look stronger.

The schedule does nothing to help the team build better confidence with BYU in Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati and Houston. Achieving six wins will be a difficult time.

Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Bad Case Record: 2-10
2022 USF Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 3-9
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 3-9
CFN 2021 Final Record: 2-10
– USF 2022 Schedule

Temple owls

2020: 1-6 2019: 8-5 2018: 8-5

New head coach Stan Drayton has a lot of work to do. Get started with the hope that the Georgia QB transfer will become a real deal. There are a lot of personal losses, but no big issues to worry about from a three-win team.

Lafayette and UMass need to ensure success, the record should be good, and there should be a few shocks somewhere. It has to be a team that is strong enough and loud enough.

Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Bad Case Record: 2-10
2022 Temple Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 4-8
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 4-8
CFN 2021 Final Record: 3-9
– Temple 2022 Schedule

Hurricane Tulsa Golden

2020: 6-3 2019: 4-8 2018: 3-9

There are a lot of huge losses to go back to six wins and one bowl game without much help. OTs Tyler Smith and Chris Paul missed two NFL starters to the offensive line, and the defense all started from the linebacker and will lose most of the other major starters from 2021.

Managing a road trip to Wyoming and Northern Illinois is a rough start, and some easy games through Temple and Navy. It will be a big fight to get back to the winning season.

Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Bad Case Record: 3-9
2022 Tulsa Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 4-8
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 5-7
CFN 2021 Final Record: 7-6
– Tulsa 2022 Schedule

Navy Midshipman

2020: 3-7 2019: 11-2 2018: 3-10

There aren’t a lot of sales, but the parts that come back after a rough year should be great. The biggest problem is the loss of LB Diego Fagot, who has a heart and soul, some good backs misunderstood, but the lines should be as consistent as they have been in a while.

There have to be a lot of improvements – nothing on the slate can be taken lightly – but Cincinnati, Notre Dame and UCF all have games that can win enough to win six, beyond the brutal spread far from Anapolis. It will not be easy.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Bad Case Record: 4-8
2022 Navy Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 5-7
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 5-7
CFN 2021 Final Record: 4-8
– Navy 2022 Schedule

Thulein Green Wave

2020: 6-6 2019: 7-6 2018: 7-6

After a bizarre disaster season, Green Wave gets some good parts from the transfer portal to go with a few decent veterans. Seven back defenses are more worrying, but as the depth develops the offense should be a plus.

Help UMass and Alcorn State to start the schedule. UCF and Cincinnati have a problem, and even though the atria to Houston is early, a better team can get six wins from this slate.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Bad Case Record: 5-7
2022 Thuleine Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 5-7
CFN 2021 Final Record: 2-10
– Tulane 2022 Schedule

East Carolina Pirates

2020: 3-6 2019: 4-8 2018: 3-9

Is Holton Ahiller still an ECU quarterback? No, he never once persuaded Jeff Blake for a starting gig, but he’s experienced, and he has a ton of veteran talent around him to stay with. D was young enough to make a strong comeback last year – at least with experience.

The team will be great, but the schedule will be an issue after the first half. There is no UCF to deal with, but going to Cincinnati, BYU and Tulane can be a hassle. The Pirates need to have enough wins to go bowling, but the second half of the slate is a problem – even the major games on the home ground.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Bad Case Record: 5-7
2022 East Carolina Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 4-8
CFN 2021 Final Record: 7-5
– East Carolina 2022 Schedule

Memphis tigers

2020: 8-3 2019: 12-2 2018: 8-6

Everything should come back after a normal season. The offense is full of veterans – WR Calvin Austin and OG Dylan missing Parham stings – and the defense has brought a whole new set of interesting to the already experienced situation.

Houston and UCF – two of the toughest American athletic conference dates scheduled to help, and will not face Cincinnati. Getting to Mississippi State is hard, and dates in SMU, Thulein, and East Carolina aren’t easy, but it could not be without a better season.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Bad Case Record: 6-6
2022 Memphis Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 8-4
CFN 2021 Final Record: 6-6
– Memphis 2022 Schedule

SMU Mustangs

2020: 7-3 2019: 10-3 2018: 5-7

New head coach Ret Lashley is an interesting team that already raises a few steps to a dangerous offense. QB Tanner Mordecai gets Alabama transfer cameraman Wheaton, handing it all over to a bunch of good guys to get around. The defense needs some help with the linebacker, but overall this is a load group of veterans.

The schedule has enough problems to make this not a fantastic year, but the team must have the ability on both sides to match last year’s eight-win run. To be negative, there are enough 50/50 games – reaching eight is not easy.

Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Bad Case Record: 6-6
2022 SMU Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 7-5
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 6-6
CFN 2021 Final Record: 8-4
– SMU 2022 Schedule

Houston Cougars

2020: 3-5 2019: 4-8 2018: 8-5

The Cougars are missing out on some big parts from last year’s 12-win team, but the QB Clayton tune is back with good receivers enough to come up with another solid season – and a good o line. Defensive losses can be painful, but overall this is a veteran group.

If all goes well against Texas Tech on the road, there’s a shot at a great start. Memphis, Navy, SMU, and East Carolina are all dangerous away games, but neither Cincinnati nor UCFO can cope. If parts of the team can be filled quickly, another ten winning seasons is more than possible.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Bad Case Record: 7-5
2022 Houston Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 9-3
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 8-4
CFN 2021 Final Record: 12-2
– Houston 2022 Schedule

Cincinnati Bearcats

2020: 9-1 2019: 11-3 2018: 11-2
The talent level is still terrible, but the NFL will go one step back after losing all the boys. After losing Desmond Rider, Sauce Gardner, Alex Pierce, Maijay Sanders, Brian Cook and Kobe Bryant in succession, you are not improving. Fortunately, the O line should be a plus to build around.

Beercoats beat outside the gates in Arkansas, but try to win it. UCF and SMU have a problem with dates, but getting Indiana home can be helpful. Yes, it’s a step back, but it’s not that big.

Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Bad Case Record: 7-5
2022 Cincinnati Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 10-2
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 11-1
CFN 2021 Final Record: 13-1
– Cincinnati 2022 Schedule

UCF Knights

2020: 6-4 2019: 10-3 2018: 12-1

Even after losing to QB Dillon Gabriel in Oklahoma, Gus Malzan must return as a team whale – John Rice comes in to make a push from Plumley Ole Missile. The transfer portal is a great help in the offensive tackle, a discovery from WR Kobe Hudson Auburn that the loss on the defensive front must be overcome with a little effort.

Yes, the Knights will get Louisville and Georgia Tech, but both games are in the bounce house. So is the match against Cincinnati. When your toughest road game is East Carolina or Memphis, you have a good schedule.

Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Bad Case Record: 7-4
2022 UCF Forecast, Spring Football Edition: 10-2
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 10-2
CFN 2021 Final Record: 9-4
– UCF 2022 Schedule

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– College football schedules by 2022 teams: All 131 schools

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