It all comes down to this. The final game of the 2018-2019 season features Alabama and Clemson in the championship game, but the AAC Playoff is still underway. With four teams battling it out, the winner will soon prevail and triumph over the conference.
For rules and previous matchups, please see the last two AAC College Football Playoff articles. With that said, let’s move on to the final two rounds.
4) Memphis at 1) UCF
In a rematch of one of the most thrilling regular season games in the conference, the Knights are without McKenzie Milton, who suffered a season ending injury in their regular season finale. Memphis, on the other hand, has Darrell Henderson and an offense that can run through opponents. It’s hard to see the Knights falling to the Tigers as UCF has owned Memphis the last couple of the years, always blocking Memphis from taking the next step. Memphis gets out to an early lead but UCF storms back and advances to the conference championship.
3) Cincinnati at 2) Temple
The Owls have bullied Cincinnati over the last four years and this year was no different. Cincinnati struggled to get anything going against one of the toughest defenses in the league and Temple bottled up Desmond Ridder. The Bearcats had several opportunities but never broke away with their chances. Temple is heating up at the right time but during their meeting in October, the referees arguably lost the game for Cincinnati as they wiped away a field goal due to a T.V. timeout. This pick might be a bit biased, but I see Cincinnati prevailing by a field goal and taking their momentum to Orlando for one last shot at the American crown.
3) Cincinnati at 1) UCF
In a rematch of the College GameDay Week 12 matchup, Cincinnati gets another chance of dethroning the reigning AAC champions. Milton torched the Bearcats defense in their last matchup, but backup quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. has shown his inaccuracy in throwing the ball. The UCF defense bottled up Michael Warren II and never allowed Desmond a Ridder to get comfortable, a theme in both of the Bearcats losses. This game will be much closer than the last meeting, but UCF has too much speed to get caught up by the Cincinnati defense. The Knights win by one score and remain unbeaten for the 2018 season to capture back-to-back American championships.