Full disclosure: My preseason AAC ballot
When the American Athletic Conference's preseason media poll is released the morning of Aug. 2, the Bulls could be forecast as the East Division champion.
At least they are on my ballot.
The one I turned in over the weekend (see below) is only slightly different from the post-spring AAC prediction I put together in May. The two most significant changes: I've moved Navy up one spot, to third in the West; and I bumped UCF from sixth to fifth in the East.
Navy's just too well coached to disappear from the radar, and I tend to believe UCF's offense and locker room have been reinvigorated. East Carolina, meantime, watched its onetime projected starting quarterback (Kurt Benkert) transfer.
6. East Carolina