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The new American Athletic Conference isn't widely represented in the preseason coaches' Top 25; only defending Big East champion Louisville made the list (albeit at No. 9). Are the Cardinals the clear favorites in the AAC? How do their challengers stack up? Click on the boxes below to set your rankings!

2013 AAC football teams

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

2012 overall: 10-3
2012 Big East: 5-2

Connecticut

Connecticut

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 Big East: 2-5

Houston

Houston

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 C-USA: 4-4

Louisville

Louisville

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 Big East: 5-2

Memphis

Memphis

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 C-USA: 4-4

Rutgers

Rutgers

2012 overall: 9-4
2012 Big East: 5-2

South Florida

South Florida

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Big East: 1-6

Southern Methodist

Southern Methodist

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 C-USA: 5-3

Temple

Temple

2012 overall: 4-7
2012 Big East: 2-5

UCF

UCF

2012 overall: 10-4
2012 C-USA: 7-1

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Rutgers' AD problem?

Rutgers hired athletic director Julie Hermann to fix its image after the Mike Rice scandal, but Hermann may have baggage of her own. The Newark Star Ledger reported on Saturday that Hermann quit her job as head coach of Tennessee women's volleyball 16 years ago after her players accused her of verbally abusing them. Hermann officially starts in June, but should Rutgers cut ties with her before she takes charge?

Should Rutgers fire incoming athletic director Julie Hermann after allegations arose of her abusing players as a women's volleyball coach at Tennessee?

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  • Should Rutgers fire president Robert Barchi?

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  • Would you want your son or daughter to play sports at Rutgers if they received a full scholarship to do so?

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Rutgers has been getting rid of many of the major players in its recent videotaped abuse scandal. Coach Mike Rice has been fired, while assistant Jimmy Martelli and athletic director Tim Pernetti have resigned, but Rutgers president Robert Barchi remains. Barchi claimed that he hadn't seen the videotape of Rice pushing, throwing basketballs and cursing at his players until this week, and that he would have recommended Rice's firing if he had. He's characterized the entire situation "a failure of process," but is he part of the problem?

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Though neither school is particularly close to the Midwest, both Maryland and Rutgers have accepted invitations to join the Big Ten conference. Which team is a better fit for the rapidly expanding Big Ten?

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Rushing for 1,000 yards as a college player is noteworthy. Doing it twice puts you in a category all your own. In the Big East, 14 workhorses have achieved such a feat and one-third of them come from West Virginia. Put on your college football thinking caps and see if you can name them all by taking the quiz below.


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