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American Athletic (formerly Big East) Football Predictions – 2013 Season

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

It may be just a shadow of the league it once was (and will soon lose both Louisville and Rutgers as well), but technically the new American Athletic Conference is still a BCS league: the winner will get an automatic spot in a BCS game. This year it will be a battle of the old members, as none of the new teams look up to the challenge of tackling the top teams in the conference. Read on for our 2013 AAC predictions.


  • 1. Louisville 11-1 (7-1): Fresh off a surprising Sugar Bowl win over Florida, Louisville is widely considered the obvious conference favorite in 2013. Star QB Teddy Bridgewater tore apart defenses all season and he will return a ton of weapons this season, including a two-headed running attack and WR DeVante Parker. The defense also returns mostly intact, led by tackle-machine LB Preston Brown. Behind the steady arm of Bridgewater and what should be an improved defense, the Cardinals will only need to fend off Rutgers and Cincinnati – which they should do – to take the AAC and lock up a BCS bid. In fact, we think it’s more likely that Louisville runs the table than it is that they win less than 10 games.
  • 2. Cincinnati 10-2 (6-2): QB Brendon Kay took over for the struggling Munchie Legaux last season and never looked back, leading the Bearcats to a 4-1 finish. Kay should put up another solid season behind the conference’s best offensive line, led by potential All-American LT Eric Lefeld. Look for a big year from RB Ralph David Abernathy as the Bearcats look for someone to fill the production lost with departed George Winn. The defense is led by what could be one of the best LB groups in the country. MLB Greg Blair will be at the top of the nation in tackles, OLB Nick Temple has a chance for all-conference honors, and former FSU LB Jeff Luc is a former high school All-American that could elevate the group to elite status. Cincy should roll through the early part of the schedule, with the conference race coming down to their final three games: @ Rutgers, @ Houston and a home date with Louisville on senior day. If the Bearcats take care of business the rest of the way, they could send the seniors out with a win that clinches a BCS game. (more…)