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The American Athletic Conference’s 88-game football schedule for the 2021 season has been released, and each of the 11 teams in the AAC will play eight conference games this season.
The schedule features five non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll of 2020 and eight games against top-25 opponents — No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 11 BYU, No. 12 Indiana, No. 13 Florida, No. 20 Oklahoma State.
The top two teams in the final single-division regular-season standings will meet on Dec. 4 in the American Athletic Conference Football Championship.
A total of 16 of the AAC’s 44 non-conference games will be against Power Five opponents or Notre Dame.
Teams from The American will play four games each against opponents from the SEC and Big 12, three each from the ACC and Big Ten, and two against Notre Dame.
Teams in the conference will have five visits to their home stadiums from power conference teams.
Houston will face Texas Tech in the Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 4. Oklahoma will travel to New Orleans to face Tulane on Sept. 4, and Florida travels to Tampa to face USF on Sept. 11.
South Carolina travels to North Carolina to face ECU on Sept. 11, Mississippi State travels to Memphis on Sept. 18, and Boston College travels to Philadelphia to face Temple on Sept. 18.
The AAC is coming off another notable season as Cincinnati finished No. 8 in the final rankings following the Bearcats’ appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
The American said kickoff times and television designations for the first three weeks of the season will be finalized by June 1, and the rest of the schedule will fall under the customary 12-day and six-day selection processes.