Wrestling Belts, ConFLiCT and The Spirit of College Football Rivalry

A rule of thumb in professional wrestling: If a match involves a trophy, chances are it's getting smashed. UCF didn't take a play out of Bad News Brown's playbook from WrestleMania IV, but the Knights leaving the Civil ConFLiCT Trophy at Rentschler Field after beating UConn Saturday sent a similar message. It also marks a…

Amid Big 12 Talk, UConn Football Has Big-Time Potential

Establishing a flourishing football program presents a challenge at an established Basketball School. That's the kind of stigma UConn football must overcome to make a compelling case for Big 12 Conference expansion. Make no mistake, adding Connecticut basketball -- men's or women's -- to a league that already features several bonafide hardwood powerhouses improves the…

Game Balls: Happy Canada Day

Another happy Friday to you all, a pleasant July, and a merry Canada Day to our neighbors up north. Much like America's own Independence Day, Canada Day celebrates the nation's gradual departure from the British Empire with the ratification of the 1867 Constitution Act. See, before England craved isolationism, it sought to unify the world…

American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

CFB Huddle's American Athletic Preview Week turns focus outside the AAC and to the ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, MAC. From these conferences come opponents in some of the AAC's most promising non-league dates. Nonconference play contributed to the positive perception of the American a year ago: Houston's defeats of Louisville and Vanderbilt, Memphis routing…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Defense 2016

Tyler Matakevich rose from All AAC Defense to national defensive player of the year last season. The Temple Owls linebacker is NFL-bound, leaving a spot for another American Athletic defensive standout to reach the pinnacle this year. ALL-AAC 2016 DEFENSE Among the great stories of the American's rise a season ago: Temple's emergence. The Owls…

American Athletic Preview: All AAC Offense 2016

The Preseason All AAC nominees spotlighted as part of the CFB Huddle season preview series may not include many household names -- not yet, anyway. But the emergence of stars like Keenan Reynolds and Paxton Lynch a season ago proved the star power residing in the American Athletic Conference. This year's crop is rife with…

American Athletic Conference Preview 2016: Prologue

Teams from around the American Athletic Conference last season adopted #AmericanRising, a Twitter hashtag that perfectly described the state of the league's football in 2015. Commissioner Mike Aresco's declaration at AAC Media Days in August that the league was striving to make the Power Five the Power Six essentially called the American's shot. American teams…