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Louisville named overwhelming favorite in first AAC preseason poll

Teddy Bridgewater, Charlie Strong

Louisville enters 2013 as an outside BCS championship hopeful. If the Cardinals want to realize that dream, they’ll need to get through their conference schedule (and likely their entire schedule) unscathed.

The media predicts that won’t be a problem. The preseason American Athletic Conference media poll was released on Tuesday and the Cardinals are an overwhelming favorite to win the league in their first and only year.

However, Louisville was not a unanimous pick; rather, Charlie Strong‘s team, led by preseason Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater, received 28 of 30 first-place votes. Cincinnati, in its first year under new head coach Tommy Tuberville, received the remaining two first-place votes. As it so happens, the Bearcats host the Cardinals in the last game of the season for both teams.

Rutgers is projected to finish third in the AAC with new member UCF placed just behind the Scarlet Knights at fourth. USF, Houston, UConn, SMU, Temple and Memphis round out spots five through 10.

Here’s the entire preseason media poll (first-place votes in parentheses).

1. Louisville (28)
2. Cincinnati (2)
3. Rutgers
4. UCF
5. USF
6. Houston
7. UConn
8. SMU
9. Temple
10. Memphis

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8 Responses to “Louisville named overwhelming favorite in first AAC preseason poll”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 30, 2013 8:36 PM

    RU will not win because their QB, Nova is a CHOKE ARTIST!!!! And their HC is a DOPE for not benching him last season. They finished 2-4, had a chance to win the Big East outright, but let a one-legged QB beat thme in the second half.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 11:25 PM

    That’s not saying much considering the Little East competition. The name was changed to protect the losers.

  3. dlnflorida says: Jul 31, 2013 5:20 AM

    football is what we watch while we are waiting for basketball season

  4. floridacock says: Jul 31, 2013 8:15 AM

    If Looeyville wants to make it on to the big stage this year, it not only has to win every game, it needs to win each by 30 or more. Shame Bridgewater’s last year is playing this pathetic schedule.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2013 10:27 AM

    dlnflorida says:
    Jul 31, 2013 5:20 AM
    football is what we watch while we are waiting for basketball season
    ________________________

    Hahaha…. that’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jul 31, 2013 10:45 AM

    @dlnflorida

    Spoken like a true ACC FAN!!! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THAT CONFERENCE IS….BASKETBALL CENTRIC DESPITE CLEMSON AND FLA ST.

  7. ancientcougar says: Jul 31, 2013 11:28 AM

    Houston will surprise a few teams.

  8. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 3, 2013 11:43 PM

    Bridgewater will be a jag next year

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