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Petrino to return to Louisville

Who says you can't go (to your onetime adopted) home again? Certainly not Bobby Petrino, who has accepted the Louisville Cardinals' head coaching position after a year at Western Kentucky and seven after leaving the school for the NFL. Now, it's hard to deny Petrino's success in the Bluegrass State's largest city; he won an Orange Bowl in 2006-07. But the 52-year-old doesn't exactly have a sterling reputation. He left the Cardinals for the Atlanta Falcons shortly after signing a 10-year contract, but coached in the NFL for just 13 games before taking the Arkansas job. Then came the infamous accident while riding a motorcycle with his mistress. Can he leave it all behind and rebuild his reputation, all while keeping Louisville -- it of a Sugar Bowl victory 12 months ago -- among college football's more successful programs?

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What do you make of Louisville bringing Bobby Petrino back as head coach?

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Charlie Strong right for Texas?

The Longhorns have found the man who will try to live up to Mack Brown's legacy, as Texas named former Louisville coach Charlie Strong its new head coach on Sunday. Strong just finished his fourth year at Louisville and has been remarkably successful as its coach, winning double-digit games for the past two years and bringing the Cardinals to a BCS bowl in the 2012 season. Is he the right coach for the job, or will Texas recede further and further from title contention?

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Teddy Bridgewater in 2014 draft?

Teams possibly targeting Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL draft -- we're looking at you, likely No. 1-bound Houston Texans -- might need to scout elsewhere. The Louisville Cardinals junior quarterback says he hasn't decided on his future just yet, and likely won't until after his team's Dec. 28 bowl game. That's not to say he's definitely returning, but it certainly seems he could follow in the footsteps of fellow top prospect Marcus Mariota, who will return to Oregon next season. What will Bridgewater do? What should he do?

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All week, ESPN has counted down its top 25 teams for the 2013 season. Now we have Nos. 1 through 5, with the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide reigning supreme -- but challenged by a number of top programs. Do you agree with our experts' rankings? Click the team logos below to submit your own!

2013 College Football Top 25

Alabama

Alabama

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 1
2012 record: 13-1

Ohio State

Ohio State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 2
2012 record: 12-0

Oregon

Oregon

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 3
2012 record: 12-1

Stanford

Stanford

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 4
2012 record: 12-2

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 6
2012 record: 11-2

Georgia

Georgia

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 5
2012 record: 12-2

South Carolina

South Carolina

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 7
2012 record: 11-2

Louisville

Louisville

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 9
2012 record: 11-2

Clemson

Clemson

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 8
2012 record: 11-2

Florida

Florida

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 10
2012 record: 11-2

Florida State

Florida State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 12
2012 record: 12-2

LSU

LSU

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 13
2012 record: 10-3

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 11
2012 record: 12-1

Michigan

Michigan

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 17
2012 record: 8-5

Texas

Texas

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 15
2012 record: 9-4

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 14
2012 record: 8-5

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 16
2012 record: 10-3

TCU

TCU

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 20
2012 record: 7-6

UCLA

UCLA

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 21
2012 record: 9-5

Nebraska

Nebraska

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 18
2012 record: 10-4

Boise State

Boise State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 19
2012 record: 11-2

N'western

N'western

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 22
2012 record: 10-3

Oregon State

Oregon State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 25
2012 record: 9-4

USC

USC

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 24
2012 record: 7-6

Baylor

Baylor

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 8-5

Kansas State

Kansas State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 11-2

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-6

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 23
2012 record: 8-6

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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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