Conference Breakdown: American

5 things to know about the American

Biggest game: Houston vs. Oklahoma, Sept. 3

Players to always watch: Either UH's Greg Ward Jr. or USF's Quinton Flowers could be the AAC's best passer and best runner.

Team nobody wants to play: Navy

Coach who really needs wins: Honestly, everybody's either in good shape or new. Sorry we just jinxed your coach.

Don't be surprised if ... UConn contends!

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Tier 1


The Cougars were good (and lucky) in 2015. Can they meet sky-high hype?

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Willie Taggart's USF went from bad to awesome overnight. Is awesome the new normal?

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The East title goes through Philly, and Temple might have the talent to win it again.

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Tier 2


Replacing a head coach is scary. So is having a whole new level of expectations.

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Read about how Navy is killing two dumb narratives:

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Cincinnati and Tommy Tuberville are always wild cards. 2016 might be the wildest yet.

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UConn is improving for the first time in a really long time. Now to score points!

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Tier 3

East Carolina

After thinking about it, ECU firing a good coach doesn't seem *that* outlandish ...

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Tulsa will score on anybody. Tulsa will also allow anybody to score.

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Tier 4


Expect that terrible 2015 to become a distant memory under Scott Frost. Eventually.

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SMU is going to be crazy-fun, terrifying, aaaaaand probably about 4-8.

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Tulane has a new coach and a new outlook, but do the Green Wave have the players?

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Tier 5