AAC Football Betting Preview
The remnants of the depleted Big East decided to joined forces with a number of defections from Conference USA to form the American Athletic Conference. It would be hard to still call this new conference a major, but a few of the teams could have an impact in the national polls. The following is a look at all 10 teams that make up the AAC along with their odds to win this year’s BCS Championship.
Louisville (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 22/1)
The Cardinals are clearly the class of the AAC and a legitimate Top 10 team if they can live up to all the expectations. Last season they went 11-2 straight-up but they were hard to bet on at 6-7 against the spread. The total went OVER in four of their last six games.
Cincinnati (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 250/1)
Cincinnati is also coming off a successful season with a 10-3 record SU and a highly-profitable 9-3 record ATS. The Bearcats’ defense ended the season ranked 14th in the nation in points allowed, giving up an average of 18.5 points a game.
Rutgers (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 300/1)
Rutgers claimed a share of the final Big East title with a 5-2 record in conference play and it went 9-4 SU overall. Its defense was one of the best in the country and held opponents to an average of just 14.2 points a game. The Scarlet Knights went 7-6 ATS and the total stayed UNDER in nine of 12 games.
South Florida (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 500/1)
The Bulls stumbled to a 3-9 record in 2012 and they were a costly 3-8-1 ATS. The total stayed UNDER in seven of 11 games, which is easy to see considering the offense averaged just 20.6 points a game.
Temple (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
Temple joined the Big East last season and went 2-5 in conference play and 4-7 overall. It was 4-7 ATS as well and the total went OVER in six of 10 games. The Owls' 201.3 rushing yards a game last season were almost twice as many as their passing yards a game.
Central Florida (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
Central Florida comes over from C-USA as the East Division champions after going 7-1 in conference play. It was 10-4 SU overall but just 7-7 ATS. The total went OVER in 10 of their 14 games.
SMU (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Mustangs are another defection from C-USA. They closed out last season 5-3 in conference play and 7-6 SU overall. They were 8-5 ATS and an impressive 7-1 ATS at home. The total stayed UNDER in three of their last four games.
Memphis (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
Memphis closed out its run in C-USA with a 4-4 record in conference play but it was 0-4 SU in non-conference play. The offense averaged 24.2 points a game while the defense allowed an average of 30.3 points a game. The Tigers went 4-2 ATS at home last season and 7-5 ATS overall.
Houston (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
Houston was another middle-of-the-road team in C-USA. It still has one of the most potent passing attacks that finished 2012 ranked 11th in the nation with an average of 328.4 yards a game. The Cougars went 5-7 both SU and ATS last year.
Connecticut (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Huskies went 5-7 SU (4-6-2 ATS) last year but only managed to win two games SU in the Big East. Their defense held opponents to an average of 19.8 points a game, but their offense only averaged 17.8 points. Given these numbers it is little wonder the total stayed UNDER in eight of 12 games.