The 2020 AAC Season was dominated by Cincinnati. The Bearcats won both of its non-conference games before beginning its AAC campaign. The Bearcats won their first 5 conference games by an average of over 30 points before easing past UCF by 3. In the conference championship Cincinnati held on to beat Tulsa 27-24.

Cincinnati battled Georgia in the Peach bowl, leading most of the way before succumbing to a 53 yard field goal with three seconds remaining. While the lost stung, it did not detract from the greatest year in Cincinnati history.

Tulsa also enjoyed a strong year, going undefeated in conference and pushing Cincinnati in the championship game. However, Tulsa lost a tight game in Armed Forces Bowl to a 3-7 Mississippi State team that ended in an all-out brawl.

As for the remainder of the conference, it was a somewhat muted year. Memphis, SMU, and UCF made appearances in the Top 25, but finished outside the final rankings.

2020 American Athletic Conference Final Standings
2020 Final Standings AAC
Division/TeamConferenceAll Games
EastWLPctPointsAgainstWLPctPointsAgainst
Cincinnati601.00024890910.900375168
Central Florida530.625350262640.600422332
East Carolina350.375243270360.333272319
Temple160.143139260160.143139260
South Florida070.000181301180.111208359
WestWLPctPointsAgainstWLPctPointsAgainst
Tulsa601.000187123630.667244194
Memphis530.625223259830.727341307
SMU430.571240243730.700386309
Houston330.500200185350.375240256
Navy340.429156193370.300166303
Tulane350.375258239660.500416337
2020 American Athletic Conference Season Awards
PlayerTeamAward
Desmond RidderCincinnatiOffensive Player of the Year
Zaven CollinsTulsaDefensive Player of the Year
Chris NaggarSMUSpecial Teams Player of the Year
Rahjai HarrisEast CarolinaFreshman of the Year (Tie)
Ulysses Bentley IVSMUFreshman of the Year (Tie)
Luke FickellCincinnatiCoach of the Year
2020 American Athletic Conference Team Statistical Leaders
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StatisticTeamMetric
Team Scoring Offense and Defense
Points Scored Per Game-TotalCentral Florida42.2
Average Game Margin-TotalCincinnati20.7
Points Scored Per Game-ConfCentral Florida43.8
Average Game Margin – ConfCincinnati26.3
Passing Offense
Pass Attempts Per GameCentral Florida41.5
Pass Completions Per GameCentral Florida24.9
Completion PercentageCincinnati66.8%
Passing Yards Per GameCentral Florida357.4
Passing TDs Per GameCentral Florida3.2
Rushing Offense
Rushing Attempts Per GameNavy48.2
Rushing Yards Per GameTulane217.6
Average Yards Per CarryCincinnati5.6
Rushing TDs Per GameCincinnati2.9
Total Offense
Plays Per GameCentral Florida85.9
Total Yards Per GameCentral Florida568.1
Average Yards Per PlayCincinnati6.7
Penalties
Penalties Per Game (Fewest)Navy4.4
Penalty Yards Per Game (Fewest)Navy40.2
Offense Turnovers
Fumbles Per Game (Fewest)Tulane0.3
Interceptions Per Game (Fewest)Central Florida0.4
Total Turnovers Per Game (Fewest)Central Florida1.0
Team Scoring Defense
Points Allowed Per Game-TotalCincinnati15
Points Allowed Per Game-ConfCincinnati16.8
Passing Defense
Completions Allowed Per GameTemple13.7
Passing Yards Allowed Per GameNavy180.8
Passing Completion % Per GameCincinnati53.2%
Passing TDs Allowed Per GameCincinnati0.7
Rushing Defense
Rushing Yards Allowed Per GameCincinnati114.4
Rushing Yards Per Carry AllowedCincinnati3.2
Rushing TDs Allowed Per GameCincinnati, Tulsa1.0
Total Defense
Yards Allowed Per GameCincinnati327.9
Total Yards Allowed Per PlayCincinnati4.6
Turnovers
Interceptions Per Game (Most)Cincinnati1.6
Fumbles Recovered Per Game (Most)Central Florida, Temple1.3
Total turnovers Forced Per GameCentral Florida2.2
2020 American Athletic Conference Individual Statistical Leaders
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StatisticPlayerTeamMetric
Passing
CompletionsBrady WhiteMemphis254
Completion %Desmond RidderCincinnati66.2%
Passing YardsDillon GabrielCentral Florida3,570
Passing Yards Per AttDillon GabrielCentral Florida8.6
Passing TDsDillon GabrielCentral Florida32
Passer EfficiencyDillon GabrielCentral Florida156.3
Rushing
Rushing AttemptsUlysses Bentley IVSouthern Methodist170
Rushing YardageUlysses Bentley IVSouthern Methodist913
Rush Yards Per AttJerome FordCincinnati6.6
Rushing TDsCameron Carroll, Desmond RidderTulane, Cincinnati12
Receiving
ReceptionsMarlon WilliamsCentral Florida71
Receiving YardsCalvin Austin IIIMemphis1,053
Yards Per ReceptionReggie Robertson, JrSouthern Methodist21.5
Receiving TDsCalvin Austin IIIMemphis11
Total Offense
Yards From ScrimmageUlysses Bentley IVSouthern Methodist1,087
Total YardsDillon GabrielCentral Florida3,739
Total Yards Per PlayDillon GabrielCentral Florida7.7
TouchdownsCameron CarrollTulane13
TDs Responsible ForDillon GabrielCentral Florida34
Kicking
Extra Points MadeMerek GloverTulane51
Field Goals MadeChris NaggarSouthern Methodist17
Field Goal PctChris NaggarSouthern Methodist81.0%
Avg. Punt YardsRyan WrightTulane52
Defense
Solo TacklesDorian WilliamsTulane64
Total TacklesDorian WilliamsTulane97
Tackles for LossDorian WilliamsTulane16
SacksMorris Joseph, JrMemphis8.0
InterceptionsBrandon Crossley,   Coby Bryant, Ja’Quan McMillian, Zaven CollinsSouthern Methodist, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Tulsa4
Passes DefendedBrandon StephensSouthern Methodist10
Fumbles ForcedArnold Ebiketie, Eriq Gilyard, Tama Tuitele, Trevor DenbowTemple, Central Florida, Navy, Southern Methodist3