2013 AQ Conference Profiles: American Athletic Conference


BCS Know How will take you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Short and sweet previews begin with the newly renamed and reorganized American Athletic Conference. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC)

Active Since: 1979 (as the original Big East)

Current Member Schools: Cincinnati Bearcats, Connecticut Huskies, Houston Cougars, Louisville Cardinals, Memphis Tigers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, SMU Mustangs, South Florida Bulls, Temple Owls, UCF Knights (10)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: BCS Bowl (At-large), Russell Athletic Bowl, Belk Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (7)

2012 Results:
(As the Big East)
Conference Champion — Louisville Cardinals (11-2, 5-2)
Conference Runners-up — Cincinnati Bearcats (10-3, 5-2), Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-4, 5-2), Syracuse Orange (8-5, 5-2)
BCS Bowl Results: 2013 Sugar Bowl: Louisville 33 vs. Florida 23
Overall Bowl Record: 3-2

Heisman Hopefuls: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Connecticut RB Lyle McCombs, Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Louisville Cardinals
Conference Runner-up — Rutgers Scarlet Knights
BCS Bids — Louisville — Fiesta Bowl
Heisman Finalists: None

2012 BCS AQ Conference Profile: Big East

BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2012 season. Short and sweet previews continue with the eight-team Big East. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Big East Conference (Big East)

Active Since: 1979

Current Member Schools: Cincinnati Bearcats, Connecticut Huskies, Louisville Cardinals, Pittsburgh Panthers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Syracuse Orange, South Florida Bulls, Temple Owls. (8)

Bowl Affiliations: BCS Bowl Bid, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl, Belk Bowl, Russell Athletics Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Liberty Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl. (7)

2011 Results:
Conference Co-Champions — West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville
Conference Runner-up — Rutgers
BCS Bowl Result — 2012 Orange Bowl: West Virginia 70 vs. Clemson 33
Overall Bowl Record: 3-2

2012 Outlook: Three squads split the Big East crown last year, but the conference’s BCS participant — West Virginia — is long gone to the Big 12. So what next for the unstable and comparatively diminutive eight-team Big East?

With a new member school in Temple and a Louisville team that returns much of its co-champion squad from 2011, there’s plenty to be excited about. Add a USF squad that coach Skip Holtz says was five plays away from 10-2, and you might just have the makings of a conference to watch in the 2012 season.

The pall of the Big East being the butt of BCS jokes is in the offing, as the BCS isn’t long for the college football world, but in the remaining two seasons of BCS reign, could the conference see a reawakening and return to national prominence? It’ll have to start in 2012. Stay tuned.

Heisman Hopefuls: Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

BCS Know How’s 2012 Predictions: 
Conference Champion — Louisville Cardinals
Conference Runner-up — Cincinnati Bearcats
BCS bids — Louisville Cardinals — Orange Bowl
Heisman Finalists – None