AAC Report: USF and UCF are key to long term success

AAC Boss Mike Aresco looks to UCF and USF to be leaders in the future of the conference.

Since so much has been written about ESPN choosing not to do a blog for the newly minted American Athletic Conference.

No problem we will be happy to take up the challenge. This will be the first football season ever for the AAC and most of the focus will be on what is going on as we head into the season.

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco told Yahoo Sports in an interview last week that the conference will be aggressive. In laying out his future plans for the league he was very clear that both UCF and USF will be key parts of the conference moving forward.

“South Florida and Central Florida have fluctuated between being rising power players and perplexing disappointments in recent years. UCF enters the league in a position of strength (10-4 last year), while USF is rebuilding under charismatic young coach Willie Taggart. If both programs get it together at the same time, it would greatly enhance the league and start a potential major rivalry,” Aresco said.

Let’s talk about two teams in their final year of conference play. The University of Louisville is the favorite to win the AAC football title in 2013 before heading to the ACC. Then we have Rutgers who is a bit of a question mark in their final year before heading to the Big Ten.

We begin with the Cardinals:

According multiple reports Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has asked the university not to hype him for the Heisman Trophy.  There is no doubt that he will get some strong consideration if the Cardinals improve on a season that saw them win the Big East Championship and beat the Gators in the Sugar Bowl.

“We’re going to let Teddy go and play,” Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said. “Teddy doesn’t want to let people down and he doesn’t want all of the attention. He wants to win first and foremost.”

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights have more than a few questions about this year’s team. But it all begins with  Savon Huggins as he  gets set to take the reins as Rutgers’ workhorse running back, one question lingers that can’t be answered until the end of November. Can he make it through a season without getting injured?

He saw a knee injury derail his freshman campaign nine games into the season. Two games into his sophomore year; he had a similar knee injury, and sat out two games, which gave Jawan Jamison the opportunity to run away with the job and off to the NFL.

Next blog will feature: Getting to know you – the new teams in the AAC