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Kickoff Countdown: 2013 Bold Predictons

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Will Houston quarterback David Piland grab the attention of NFL scouts? Football.com thinks so. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.
Will Houston quarterback David Piland grab the attention of NFL scouts? Football.com thinks so. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Picks

Conference Champ: Louisville
Top Heisman Candidate: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Offensive Player Of The Year: Bridgewater 
Defensive Player Of The Year: Greg Blair, LB, Cincinnati
Coach Of The Year: George O'Leary, Central Florida
Biggest Upset: Temple over Rutgers
Emerging Star: Connor Reilly, QB, Temple
Game Of The Year: Rutgers at Louisville (the "Thanks For Visiting" Bowl, Oct. 10), Louisville at Cincinnati (Dec. 5)
Biggest Disappointment: Rutgers
Coach On The Hottest Seat: Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut

A Six Pack Of Bold American Predictions

1. UCF will finish second in the conference behind Louisville.

2. Memphis will surprise some teams and finish with a .500 record after finishing 4-8 in 2012.

3. Yawin Smallwood of UConn will lead the conference in tackling.

4. None of the AAC coaches will be fired following the 2013 season.

5. There will be at least five Big East, I mean American, mentions by announcers this season.

6. Houston's David Piland will be the quarterback all of the scouts are talking about by season's end.

Compiled by AAC Editor Bill Gelman