We are inching closer to college football season.
The American Athletic Conference released the 2020 schedule on Tuesday. Teams have known who their opponents would be for some time now but we now know the dates for every game this season.
There were sure to be changes in this year’s schedule with UConn leaving the conference to become an independent. The Huskies moving on leaves the conference with 11 teams for the upcoming season. The East and West divisions have been eliminated as a result and the teams with the top records will meet Dec. 5 for the AAC Championship.
Each team will play eight games in the conference with four games at home and the other four on the road. If a particular program does not play another this season, they are guaranteed to do so next year. Times for each game will be set later on in the offseason as the league enters the first year of their new media deal with ESPN.
Here are some of the highlights of the 2020 schedule:
Navy will open the season in Dublin, Ireland with a matchup against Notre Dame. They also have a stretch with three out of four games at home which includes Houston, Tulsa and Memphis.
The defending champion Memphis Tigers will not have any cupcake games on their schedule as they will not play ECU or Tulsa, the two teams at the bottom of the AAC standings with UConn out the door. They will play SMU, UCF, Temple and Cincinnati in consecutive games.
Cincinnati will end the season with two straight road games against UCF and Temple.
The SMU Mustangs will be looking to make some noise in the conference as they will host many of the top dogs in the AAC. Cincinnati, Houston and Memphis will all travel to Dallas this season, making their road schedule pretty favorable. We’ve been calling them a sleeper team for a couple years now. Is this the year they can finally break through?
Temple faces a tough stretch with road games at UCF, Tulane and UCF in a four-week span with SMU also on deck. The one good draw is playing three of the last four games at home but they could be out of the mix already by then.
It could be another long season for USF fans. They will play Memphis and Houston on the road in back-to-back games before hosting Navy and UCF to end the campaign. Having to play Navy’s triple option and UCF on short rest could spell trouble for the Bulls.
You can view the entire 2020 AAC schedule by clicking here.