Before the Clock Starts: T-6 Weeks

Only six Saturdays remain without football, and Before the Clock Starts continues into its second year.

As with last year, we'll take a look at what conference champions do before the clock starts: The pregame show. Designed to set the tone for the football game to follow, pregame shows are, by design, high-energy, crowd-focused, and school-centric.

I'm unsure if I'll continue the inclusion of the American Athletic Conference after this year (I probably will, as a USF alumnus) but this year, as a BCS autoqualifying conference, their inclusion is undeniable. Final Big East football champion Louisville had a helluva year across all its athletics seasons: a BCS bowl win in football, a national championship in men's basketball, a title game loss in women's basketball, and a College World Series berth for baseball.

Representing the Big East (American Athletic Conference) Champion: Louisville Cardinal Marching Band