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American Athletic Conference begins this week as South Florida is in action

American Pow6r Points:

·         The preseason favorite in the American Athletic Conference, No. 19/21 USF gets a head start on the 2017 season as the Bulls visit San Jose State Saturday.

 

·         Saturday’s game will take place on the earliest date to start a season in The American’s brief history. The date came about due to a new NCAA rule which allows teams that play 13 games to begin their seasons a week earlier than the conventional start date. San Jose State is permitted to play 13 games since the Trojans play at Hawaii this season. The USF-San Jose State game had originally been scheduled for Sept. 8.

 

·         Saturday’s game will be the first for Charlie Strong as USF’s head coach. Strong will be the first person to serve as head coach in the American Athletic Conference at two schools in a full-time capacity (Strong was head coach at Louisville in 2013, when the Cardinals were members of The American). T.J. Weist served as interim head coach at two American schools as he coached UConn’s last eight games in 2013 and USF’s Birmingham Bowl win against South Carolina in 2016.

 

·         USF was the overwhelming favorite in the American Athletic Conference’s preseason media poll. The Bulls were the unanimous choice to take the East Division crown as USF was first on all 30 ballots. USF had 26 of 30 votes to win the overall conference title. The Bulls return 18 starters, including six all-conference players, from a team that went 11-2 and was ranked No. 19 in the final polls of 2016.

 

·         USF will be led by QB Quinton Flowers, the 2016 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year who set a school record with 4,342 yards of total offense and accounted for 42 touchdowns last season. Flowers was one of two players nationally (along with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville) to throw for at least 2,000 yards (2,812) and rush for at least 1,500 (1,530) in 2016.

 

·         The American Athletic Conference enjoyed another banner year in 2016 as the league produced three 10-win teams (USF won 11 games; Temple and Tulsa had 10 wins each), had two teams in the final College Football Playoff rankings (Temple and Navy) and had a league-record 15 players chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft (fifth among all college football conferences).

 

THIS WEEK

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

USF at San Jose State           7:30 p.m.

Television: CBS Sports Network

Series: First meeting

 

NEXT WEEK

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

Florida International at UCF  6 p.m.

Austin Peay at Cincinnati      7 p.m.

Holy Cross at UConn  7:30 p.m.

Tulsa at Oklahoma State       7:30 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe at Memphis          9 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Navy at Florida Atlantic         8 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Temple at Notre Dame           2 p.m.

Stony Brook at USF    4 p.m.

James Madison at ECU          6 p.m.

Houston at UTSA        7 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin at SMU      7 p.m.

Grambling State at Tulane     8 p.m.

 

 

All times Eastern

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Chuck Sullivan; COURTESY AAC COMMUNICATIONS