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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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Jimbo Fisher is now the longest-tenured head coach among Florida's four most notable football programs, with about a week's lead on South Florida coach Skip Holtz. Let that last sentence sink in for a few seconds.

Legendary names like Bobby Bowden, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer? Not anymore in the Sunshine State. With the arrivals of Will Muschamp and Al Golden, one of the biggest football hotbeds in the nation is entering uncharted waters when it comes to the men in charge of Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida.

All told, the four coaches in question combined to lose 20 games this season, counting the seven losses Texas suffered with Muschamp as defensive coordinator. But which one will fare best moving forward?

Todd (AA)

Who is [Michigan's] coach next year? Wouldn't Harbaugh be better off staying at Stanford or going to Michigan? In the NFL even the best coaches get fired after around 10 years. He could stay in AA for 25 years.

Bruce Feldman
Bruce Feldman

Had heard he's always been intrigued by the NFL, but would returning to the alma mater be his ideal. He has more options than probably any D1 coach out there because he has an NFL ready system, his age, his background. ... Just a hunch, but I'd be surprised if he's back at Stanford for the 2011 season. Full transcript

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It won't be an easy weekend for BCS Cinderellas, even though they're all playing at home. Cincinnati faces No. 25 West Virginia, TCU gets the pressure of GameDay and No. 16 Utah, and Boise State deals with a surprising 7-3 Idaho (and a visiting AD who doesn't like to fly on planes with Broncos markings).

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When we think of the Big East, we still think of images like the one over on the right. And we know we're not alone -- well, we might be the only ones still thinking about Zendon Hamilton. Before the start of football season, SportsNation was somewhat split on whether or not the Big East was even better than the Mountain West. And even when this month began, 57 percent of voters said the Big East would not have more than one ranked team by season's end.

But judging by the buzz in SportsNation, Thursday's showdown in Tampa has the attention of football fans.

ucaerospace

being realistic, playing against WVU, Pitt, and USF is HARD to win all three in one year. I say UC will lose to one of them. just a dice roll on who gets the upset.

-- UCAEROSPACE
kwelch1962

Upper '80's with high humidity. UC will have most of their team on IV's by halftime. Looks like another easy one for the Bulls.

-- kwelch1962
raysfan1978

Brian Kelly is one of the best coaches in the country, in my opinion. He took D-2 GVSU from nothing to the national championship, and CMU from the basement to being a contender. The bulls are at home, and that's great...but they won't get anywhere against these guys unless they're on their game tonight. USF: 24-23

-- raysfan1978

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ESPN.com's college football writers and bloggers will be going conference by conference in the coming weeks to preview the season ahead, and we're looking for your rankings along the way. Things roll on with the Big East, where blogger Brian Bennett's rankings suggest good things for fans in New Jersey and hope for the reloading West Virginia Mountaineers.

1. Rutgers
2. Pittsburgh
3. West Virginia
T-4. Cincinnati
T-4. South Florida
Check out Bennett's complete Big East rankings.

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