Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the American Athletic Conference’s 88-game football schedule for the 2022 season, including the 44-game conference schedule.
The football membership schools are Central Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, Southern Methodist, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa, The top two teams will compete for the conference championship game at the end of the regular season. Cincinnati won the conference last year, en route to becoming the first school from a Group of Five conference to garner a bid to the College Football Playoff Final Four.
Each of the 11 teams in The American will once again play eight conference games in 2022. The top two teams in the final single-division regular-season standings will meet Dec. 3 in the eighth American Athletic Conference Football Championship.
The schedule features six nonconference games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the final Associated Press poll of 2021 (No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 19 BYU, No. 20 NC State, No. 21 Arkansas). A lot of excitement also awaits you at online casino nz.
A total of 17 of The American’s 44 nonconference games will be against Power 6 opponents or Notre Dame. Teams from The American will play five games against opponents from the ACC, four games each against SEC and Big 12 teams, three against the Big Ten and one against Notre Dame.
Teams in The American will have seven visits from power conference teams to their home stadiums – NC State at East Carolina (Sept. 3), Louisville at UCF (Sept. 9), Kansas at Houston (Sept. 17), Rutgers at Temple (Sept. 17), Georgia Tech at UCF (Sept. 24), Indiana at Cincinnati (Sept. 24) and TCU at SMU (Sept. 24).
Some highlights of the 2022 schedule include:
The American continued to make history in 2021 as Cincinnati reached the College Football Playoff Semifinals and finished the year ranked No. 4 in the final national polls. It marked the sixth time in eight seasons of the College Football Playoff era that The American was represented in the New Year’s Six and the fifth top-10 finish by an American Athletic Conference team in the league’s nine seasons. Cincinnati finished the 2021 regular season as the nation’s only unbeaten team, marking the fourth time in five years that The American sent an unbeaten team into Bowl Season.
Seven teams from The American were selected for bowl games, while league teams were a combined 3-1 in postseason games that were played. The conference also had three NCAA Consensus All-America selections (Cincinnati CB Ahmad Gardner, Houston CB Marcus Jones, South Florida RB Brian Battie), trailing only the SEC and Big Ten among FBS conferences.
Kickoff times and television designations for the first three weeks of the season, as well as the season-long weeknight games, will be finalized by June 1. The rest of the schedule will fall under the customary 12-day and six-day selection processes.
Here are the full schedules for USF and UCF:
Sept. 3: vs. BYU
Sept. 10: vs. Howard
Sept. 17: at Florida
Sept. 24: at Louisville
Oct. 1: vs. East Carolina
Oct. 8: at Cincinnati
Oct. 15: vs. Tulane (homecoming)
Oct. 22: Off
Oct. 29: at Houston
Nov. 5: at Temple
Nov. 12: vs. SMU
Nov. 18 (Friday): at Tulsa
Nov. 25 or 26: vs. UCF
Sept. 1 (Thursday): vs. South Carolina State
Sept. 9 (Friday): vs. Louisville
Sept. 17: at Florida Atlantic
Sept. 24: vs. Georgia Tech
Oct. 1: vs. SMU
Oct. 8: Off
Oct. 13 (Thursday): vs. Temple
Oct. 22: at East Carolina
Oct. 29: vs. Cincinnati (homecoming)
Nov. 5: at Memphis
Nov. 12: at Tulane
Nov. 19: vs. Navy
Nov. 25 or 26: at USF