The American Athletic Conference is often forgotten in the shuffle of the top college football programs. But with Cincinnati making the College Football Playoff last year, the AAC was put back on the map.
Cincinnati opened the odds as the favorite at +190, Houston wasn’t far behind at +200. Now, with the season quickly approaching, the Cougars have closed the gap. Both teams are officially sitting at +200 favorites to win the AAC in 2022 according to oddsmakers like Sportsbook, leaving the door open for Cincinnati to win back-to-back conference titles.
Below, we break down the odds to win the AAC championship in 2022-23 and provide our best bets and a few AAC odds value picks. If you’re looking to improve your college football betting knowledge, check out our Heisman Trophy odds and our updated national championship odds.
Cincinnati Favorites In 2022 AAC Championship Odds
Odds as of October 11 at Sportsbook
As +200 favorites, Cincinnati and Houston have implied odds of 33.33 percent to take home the title in odds to win the AAC football championship. Check out our odds calculator for more details.
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Can Cincinnati Stay Elite?
Despite Cincinnati solidifying itself as one of the best teams and programs in the country last year, averaging the 14th best 37.3 points per game, the early wagers still leave some room for value in odds to win AAC championship this season.
Last year, Cincinnati went undefeated in the conference and posted a 13-1 overall record. Sure, the Bearcats probably won't rattle off another miracle season and make the Playoff, but there's room for regression and still an AAC title.
Desmond Ridder is gone at QB, offensive coordinator Mike Debrock is now at LSU, and plenty of defensive studs are now in the NFL, but the Bearcats have the coaching and personnel infrastructure to replace the losses on paper. They’re still a preseason Top 20 team in the country and have enough consistency from last season to remain the team to beat in the AAC.
But let’s remember who is coming back for the Bearcats. Tight end Josh Whyle, who is projected to be one of the top prospects at his position for the 2023 NFL draft, announced his return earlier this year. Last year, Whyle pocketed 26 catches for 332 yards and six touchdowns.
If Cincinnati was a bigger favorite, we’d probably advise staying away from their line. But at +200, there’s still great value in the AAC favorites.
Houston Now Tied As Favorite Alongside Cincinnati
Without another miracle season, the Bearcats will regress, but the question is by how much. If Cincinnati takes a big enough step back, it opens the door in the AAC for one of the next best teams – Houston. The only other team that went undefeated in the conference last year aside from Cincinnati was Houston. The Cougars almost had an identical record, only losing one extra game overall.
Coach Dana Holgorsen led the squad to an 8-0 conference record and a Birmingham Bowl win over Auburn. What's even better is that there are lots of returnees to run it back for the TK, including pass rusher Derek Parish, linebacker Donavan Mutin, and defensive back Alex Hogan.
On the other side of the ball QB Clayton Tune is also back after passing for TK, the senior threw 39 touchdowns and completed 68 per cent of his passes last year.
If not for Cincinnati’s amazing season last year, Houston would’ve been the talk of the AAC. The Cougars are in a position to make themselves the conference’s team to watch in 2022. With the same odds as Cincinnati, it means the same profit is available too. Placing an early bet, before the season starts, will ensure more bang for your buck.
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How To Understand AAC Football Odds
At any college football sportsbook, you’ll see futures odds that look something like this:
Cincinnati Bearcats +200
UCF Knights +1000
If you think Cincinnati is due for another conference championship and you bet $100, you’d get a payout of $300 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $200. Conversely, if you’re looking at UCF and believe that the Knights are going to upset Cincinnati, that same $100 gives you $1,100 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winnings of $1,000. You can use our Odds Calculator to find out what you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.
Bets on underdogs are riskier but they come with bigger rewards. That doesn’t mean you should bet on dogs in the hopes that you’ll make major coin. Do your research before making any futures bets, otherwise you could be on the losing end of a huge wager.