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Heading into the final two games of the 2012 season Rutgers was 5-0 straight-up in Big East play and barreling its way towards a BCS bowl berth. Those plans were quickly derailed with back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Louisville that left it tied with the Cardinals as well as Cincinnati and Syracuse for a share of the conference title but on the outside looking in for a trip to the Sugar Bowl. A third-straight loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl to Virginia Tech left the Scarlet Knights 9-4 SU on the year.
    
Odds to Win AAC: 4/1 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 7 at Bovada

Rutgers’ stay in the newly formed American Athletic Conference will be a short one after accepting an invitation to join the Big Ten starting in 2014. The Scarlet Knights would love to leave their mark as conference champions in their only season in the AAC and if everything falls into place they just might.

The first thing that Kyle Flood is going to have to do in his second season as head coach is get much better production from an offense that averaged just 21.5 points a game in 2012. It was equally as bad at passing and running the ball with less than 330 total yards a game. Gary Nova has the tools to be a decent quarterback at this level, but he has to improve his accuracy and do a better job taking care of the ball.

Fortunately the Scarlet Knights should once again be rock solid on defense with a number of starters back from last year’s squad that was ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed (14.2). Rutgers went 7-6 against the spread last season, but it was a great team to bet on the total line with nine of 12 games staying UNDER including the last five contests of the year.

AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8

Louisville 4/7
Cincinnati 4/1
Rutgers 4/1
UCF 15/2
SMU 25/1
Connecticut 33/1
South Florida 33/1
Houston 50/1
Memphis 66/1
Temple 75/1