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.