Cincy picked to win American, Bulls 6th
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Cincinnati, which returns 16 starters and appears stocked at the offensive skill spots, has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference title by the league media.
The preseason poll was released this morning prior to the start of the American's media day here in Newport. Cincinnati received 17 of 30 first-place votes, with UCF (seven) and Houston (six) the only other teams to appear first on a ballot.
USF, which returns 16 starters from a 2-10 team, was picked to finish sixth.
Cincinnati, 9-4 last season, returns myriad proven targets for whomever emerges at quarterback. Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel, who had a sparkling spring, will be pushed by veteran Munchie Legaux. The offensive line will be anchored by three-time all-conference LT Eric Lefeld.
The entire preseason poll (Teams listed with total points and first-place votes in parentheses):
1. Cincinnati (17) 311
2. UCF (7) 296
3. Houston (6) 268
4. East Carolina 262
5. SMU 158
6. USF 157
7. Memphis 133
8. Temple 105
9. UConn 98
T-9. Tulane 98
11. Tulsa 94