In the run-up to the college football season, we’ve seen some hope among the generally accepted gloom and doom.
South Korea’s baseball season already has resumed with games on ESPN, albeit in empty stadiums. South Korea’s first case of the virus came on the same day as the United States’ first case.
So, yes, they are doing better than us but that doesn’t mean we won’t get to where they are. Also, New Zealand has declared it has had no new cases for the past two weeks. If college football can play its entire season in New Zealand, no problem.
That won’t happen.
The larger point is that there is hope for a college football season in the United States, even this year.
For the purposes of this post, though, we’ll assume there will be a season either this fall or next spring and it doesn’t look good from a Temple football perspective.
The Vegas Over/Under for the Owls is 5.5 wins.
Five. Point. Five.
I’ll take the over only when I’m sure there will be a season, but the line is telling me something.
Vegas was spooked by the Owls’ bowl result and the losing way they ended the season and is putting their money where their heads are.
So who is going to win the AAC?
Memphis won last year, but lost its head coach and that always has a negative impact on the next season.
UCF looks strong again but my money is on Cincinnati finally taking home the crown. Luke Fickell turned down the West Virginia job to remain at Cincinnati two years ago and it almost paid off but the Bearcats lost their final two league games to Memphis (regular season and championship). He turned down Michigan State in February to remain at Cincinnati.
I just wish one Temple coach would turn down one Power 5 job let alone two.
Two years ago, Cincy came to Philadelphia with 35 freshmen (including red shirts and true) on the traveling squad and those youngsters extended Temple into overtime before losing.
This year, based on coaching, experience and four-straight years of having the No. 1 recruiting class in the conference (either Scout.com or Rivals.com ratings.), the Bearcats should take home the league crown.
At least that’s my pick here on May 8. Next season should be over by May 8 and we will find out for sure by then.
We’ll go with an AAC East finish of Cincy, UCF, Temple in that order and fervently hope it’s flipped the other way.
Friday (5/15): Advantages of a shortened season
Monday (5/18): Recruiting Patterns
Friday (5/22): Suspending Campaigns