American Athletic Conference

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American Athletic Conference
Status
Active
Years Active
2013-present
Prior Name(s)/Conference(s)
Big East Conference (football only)
Successor Conference(s)
n/a

The American Athletic Conference (The American or AAC) is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring 11 member universities and six associate member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.

The American's legal predecessor, the original Big East Conference, was considered one of the six collegiate power conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era in college football, and The American inherited that status in the BCS's final season. With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, The American became a "Group of Five" conference, which shares one automatic spot in the New Year's Six bowl games.

Members

Current members

Cincinnati Bearcats • East Carolina Pirates • Houston Cougars • Memphis Tigers • Navy Midshipmen • SMU Mustangs • South Florida Bulls • Temple Owls • Tulane Green Wave • Tulsa Golden Hurricane • UCF Knights

Affiliate members

Navy Midshipmen (football)

Former members

Louisville Cardinals • Rutgers Scarlet Knights • UConn Huskies

Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides

Football

2010s 2017 • 2019
2020s 2021
American Athletic Conference
Full members (all sports) Cincinnati Bearcats • East Carolina Pirates • Houston Cougars • Memphis Tigers • SMU Mustangs • South Florida Bulls • Temple Owls • Tulane Green Wave • Tulsa Golden Hurricane • UCF Knights
Football-only members Navy Midshipmen
Basketball Venues FedExForum
Football Venues Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Lincoln Financial Field • Nippert Stadium • Raymond James Stadium • Yulman Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: ASUN Conference • Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference