There was lot more to the split than that, but out of that fractured league, the American Athletic Conference was born. The American, as it’s known when shortened, has all the elements of a power conference. It has brand names. It has undefeated football teams. It has ranked football teams. In fact, it’s the only conference with three undefeated teams heading into Week 7 of the season.
If you look beyond football, The American already has a national championship in men’s basketball and three in women’s over the course of the league’s four-year existence. You can thank the UConn Huskies for those.
When you consider the American Athletic Conference has only been around for four years, but has a men’s basketball national championship, two New Year’s Six bowl wins and three ranked teams in the current AP and Coaches’ Football Polls, the only question is, “How can you define The American as anything other than a power conference?”