The premier conference in college football, the Southeastern Conference has become the dominant force countrywide. Alabama has now won three of the last four national championships and are a force to be reckoned with in 2013. LSU and Florida are both perennial top 10 teams and with a solid core coming back for both schools, get ready for more of that. Texas A&M was the surprise of last season with its top 5 finish and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Count on a push for a national title from the Aggies this season.
The Big 12 is only twenty years old, but with the addition of TCU and West Virginia it continues to be one of the power conferences in college football. Texas and Oklahoma are the two highest profile football schools, but Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats proved themselves top dog in 2012. Oklahoma State hopes to have something to say about the conference title this season as well.
The Big Ten Conference has some of the most storied programs in college football; it has only gotten stronger with the recent addition of Nebraska to the powerhouse lineup that includes Ohio State and Michigan. Back into the title fray is the Wisconsin Badgers, who have taken the last three conference titles and hope to stay amongst the Big Ten elite.
The ACC has 12 teams and features fierce rivalries from New England to the Florida coast. Miami and Florida State have combined for seven national titles in the past 30 years and with schools like Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech the ACC will continue to be a premier football conference. Never count the ACC out of the title hunt as they continue to bring in premier talent from all over the country.
From the mountains to the desert, the Pac 12 has teams that can challenge for the conference crown. Oregon has been heavily involved in the national title hunt recently and Stanford continues to win BCS games. USC and UCLA are bitter rivals and represent SoCal against the north. Across the conference there are exciting new head coaches (Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez, Jim Mora & Todd Graham) which is sure to make each Pac 12 game that much more exciting.
The former Big East has had a lot of movement recently and after the dust settled the American Athletic conference (AAC) was left with some really good football teams. The parity amongst AAC teams means it is truly a wide-open race for that coveted spot in the BCS. Louisville shocked the country by winning the Sugar Bowl last season, and teams like Rutgers and Cincinnati are ready to try to dethrone the Cardinals in 2013.