Move: AAC to ACC
Louisville was given the cold shoulder by the Big 12, which took West Virginia instead. The ACC was warmer—much warmer—to the Cardinals. In the College Football Playoff era, Louisville has to feel great about getting a seat at the big table.
From an athletics standpoint, the ACC looks like it will benefit from the departure of Maryland and the addition of Louisville. The Cardinals have a Sugar Bowl win and an NCAA championship in men's basketball to their credit since the start of 2013.
"When you look at Louisville, you see a university and an athletic program that has all the arrows pointed up -- a tremendous uptick there, tremendous energy," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in 2012 (via ESPN's Brett McMurphy). "It's always an overall fit in every respect and I think that's what we found."
However, the Cards are in a tough division with Florida State and Clemson, so even divisional titles could be hard to come by. Overall, this is a nice move. Louisville sports are in the midst of a golden age, and athletic director Tom Jurich is considered one of the best at his job in the country.
2014 Record Prediction: 9-3, minus three wins from 2013