UC picked to finish 4th in AAC East Division
NEWPORT, R.I. (WKRC/AP) - The UC football team garnered little respect heading into Luke Fickell's first season as head coach. The Bearcats have been picked to finish fourth in The American's East Division, per the conference’s preseason media poll.
UC has 11 returning starters from 2016, including quarterback Hayden Moore and two of the top three receivers from last year. That team finished 4-8 under Tommy Tuberville, the program's worst season since 2010.
South Florida is the overwhelming choice to win the AAC title.
The Bulls went 11-2 and finished last season ranked 19th in the nation. But Temple won the East and the conference by beating Navy in the title game. New USF coach Charlie Strong, who replaces Willie Taggart, brings back many of last season's key players, including star quarterback Quinton Flowers.
USF received all 30 first-place votes to win the East and 26 to win the conference.
Memphis was the media's choice in the West Division as the Tigers received 22 first-place votes.
The third American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 2, at the home site of the division champion with the best conference record.
Information courtesy AAC