AAC at a glance

Yahoo! Sports expert Pat Forde breaks down everything you need to know for this football season about the newly formed American Athletic Conference.

Hal Mumme

Best Assistant Coach: Hal Mumme, SMU. One of the pioneers of the spread offense has wandered through the coaching ranks. Now he’s alongside kindred spirit June Jones, which should be fascinating – if Mumme can take orders. He’s a know-it-all type accustomed to being the guy in charge.

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Russell Athletic Bowl - Rutgers v Virginia Tech

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Kyle Flood of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights directs his team against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Russell Athletic Bowl Game at the Florida Citrus Bowl on December 28, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Cincinnati v Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 26: Damian Copeland #7 of the Louisville Cardinals catches a pass while defended by Deven Drane #11 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 26, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

South Carolina

Biggest Non-League Game: South Carolina at Central Florida, Sept. 28. Gamecocks will be heading to Orlando after three challenging games to start the season. If they’re not ready, they could walk into an ambush.

Cincinnati running back George Winn (32) is stopped by Louisville linebacker Keith Brown, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Rutgers v Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 17: Justin Doerner #97 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights punts the ball against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the game at Nippert Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rutgers won 10-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay

Best Town: Tampa. Where else would opposing fans rather take a late-season road trip?


Worst Town: Storrs, Conn. So bad they don’t even play their football games there: UConn’s Rentschler Field is 23 miles away, in Hartford.