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American Championship Game History

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The American Athletic Conference is the postseason title game for the conference, and it is held on the first Saturday in December. The 12-team league was divided equally into two divisions of six teams each, with the best conference record in each division meeting for the title.

  • Cincinnati Bearcats
  • East Carolina Pirates
  • Houston Cougars
  • Memphis Tigers
  • Navy Midshipmen
  • SMU (Southern Methodist) Mustangs
  • Temple Owls
  • Tulane Green Wave
  • Tulsa Golden Hurricane
  • UCF (Central Florida) Knights
  • USF (South Florida) Bulls

AAC Championship History
Year Matchup Line Score ATS Result
2020 Tulsa-Cincinnati Cincinnati -13.5 (44.5) Cincinnati 27-24 Underdog-Over
2019 Cincinnati-Memphis Memphis -9 (59) Memphis 29-24 Underdog-Under
2018 Memphis-UCF UCF -1 (65) UCF 56-41 Favorite-Over
2017 Memphis-UCF UCF -6.5 (81.5) UCF 62-55 (2OT) Favorite-Over
2016 Temple-Navy Navy -2 (60) Temple 34-10 Underdog-Under
2015 Houston-Temple Houston -5.5 (53) Houston 24-13 Favorite-Under

AAC Betting History Results & Notes

Betting Results - Favorites vs. Underdogs - Total (Over-Under)
Wager Straight Up (SU) Against the Spread (ATS) Total (Over-Under)
Results 5-1 3-3 3-3

History - Betting Notes

  • Memphis has made the most AAC championships (3), but is 1-2 in those games
  • UCF has won the most AAC titles (2)
  • Home teams are 5-1 in AAC championships
  • Tulsa made its first appearance in the 2020 edition

AAC Championship Historical Notes

Houston cruised past Temple at home in the inaugural game held in 2015 to capture the conference title, while Temple rebounded in 2016 with a big win over favored Navy.

UCF finished off a perfect regular season by outlasting Memphis in the 2017 title game in double-overtime, 62-55. The Knights completed a second straight unblemished regular season mark in 2018 by rallying past the Tigers once again, 56-41.

Memphis finally got over the hump after consecutive championship defeats by knocking off Cincinnati, 29-24. The Tigers are the fourth different team to win the AAC title and are the only club in the conference to make this championship game three times.

Cincinnati held off Tulsa in 2020 to post a perfect record in a 27-24 win. The Golden Hurricane managed to cover as double-digit underdogs in their first AAC title game appearance.

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