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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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If you want to know how fast college football's coaching carousel spins, look no farther than Tennessee, which hired Butch Jones on Friday, and Cincinnati, the school Jones left. The Volunteers have had four coaches in six seasons; the Bearcats have hired and lost three in the past eight. Jones, who earlier declined an offer from Colorado, was hired by the Vols after Jon Gruden and Charlie Strong turned them down. Will Jones satisfy the hopes of Tennessee fans eager to turn around the program's first three-year stretch of losing seasons in a century?

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Chick-fil-A Bowl

Virginia (8-4, 5-3 ACC)
No. 25 Auburn (7-5, 4-4 SEC)

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Cincinnati (9-3, 5-2 Big East)
Vanderbilt (6-6, 2-6 SEC)

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Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illinois (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten)
UCLA (6-7, 5-4 Pac-12)

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Hyundai Sun Bowl

Georgia Tech (8-4, 5-3 ACC)
Utah (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12)

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Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

Texas A&M (6-6, 4-5 Big 12)
Northwestern (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten)

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If you are awake by 4:30 p.m. ET on New Year's Day, be sure to head over to the college football page for an interactive bonanza that will include live chatting from the Rose and Sugar Bowls, Twitter feeds from ESPN's stable of college football brains and most importantly your insightful commentary. Until then, we leave you with some of your best bowl questions from the week.

Chad (Las Vegas)

Best Non-BCS bowl from a prospects point of view?

Mel Kiper
c

Lots of good players in Penn St.-LSU. Sean Lee, Jared Odrick, Chad Jones, Ciron Black, Brandon LaFell -- a lot of talent on the field in this game. Full transcript

Roddy (San Fran)

LSU vs Penn St seems to be very similar to last year's LSU vs Ga. Tech bowl game: The superior athleticism of LSU overwhelms their opponent. Agree?

Mark Schlabach
c

Penn State will keep it close. LSU has lacked something all season, so I don't think they'll show up and blow out Penn State. The Nittany Lions are solid, but didn't win the two games that mattered this season. LSU has played well in bowl games, though. Full transcript

schuyler (louisville)

how does the Cincinnati defense match up with the Florida offense? Also, does Charlie strong coaching in the Sugar bowl affect Louisville in anyway, positive or negative?

Big East Blogger Brian Bennett
c

If the Cincinnati defense plays like it did the last month, it won't be much of a matchup at all. The Bearcats should be concerned about that big offensive line of Florida and the running game. If they can keep Tebow in the pocket, they'll have a better chance. As far as Strong, I think it can only help Louisville. He'll get some publicity during the game telecast that recruits will see, and he has also had a few weeks to scout a future Big East rival. Full transcript

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So let us see if we understand this. Coaches need to get their programs to BCS games or risk losing their jobs. But when they get there, they need to bail before the game so they can start recruiting at their next job. College football is strange.

If Nebraska defensive tackle Nadaukong Suh isn't quite so awesome and doesn't pressure Colt McCoy quite so much in the closing seconds of the Big 12 title game, perhaps the clock runs out on Texas before its able to kick a game-winning field goal. As a result, Cincinnati plays Alabama for the national title and Brian Kelly doesn't talk to Notre Dame this week. College football is really strange.

But given the system that's currently in place, can anyone (other than perhaps Cincinnati players, who seem to have a right to feel pretty ticked) blame Kelly for walking away from an undefeated season?

SportsNation blogger wright4256 sure can.

shizhnitthekobold

Horrible move for Kelly! Why DOWNGRADE!? Notre Dame is THE MOST OVERRATED college in football! CinCinnati is BETTER! Look at the records people! CinCinnati lost 6 games in the past 3 years combined! Notre Dame lost 6 THIS YEAR!!!! WHY go coach a bunch of PREPPY SNOBS, Mr. Kelly? You are making a bad decision Mr. Kelly! You will regret it!!

-- shizhnitthekobold
rwd5035

This was the best hire ND could make with the guys they were interviewing. He'll keep up the offensive statistics that Notre Dame has had of late, however, his defenses haven't exactly been stout. He'll have a chance, and to those saying that he'll have a shorter leash than Weis, I think you are mistaken. I think he'll have more wiggle room, just because they need to give some consistency to the program.

-- rwd5035
cincinnatiboy23

Kelly is a really good coach and seems like a good man. I don't blame him for taking the Notre Dame job. What bothers me is the way he handled the speculation and his players the last 2 weeks. A midst a great college football game for the BigEast championship (UC @ PITT), all of the focus was on the coach possibly leaving. He KNEW he would take that job, yet he toyed with the emotions of his players....it showed in their TV interviews last night. They were MAD as hell.

-- cincinnatiboy23

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