Cincinnati picked over Central Florida in preseason AAC poll

Cincinnati was picked to win the American in 2014. (USATSI)
Cincinnati was picked to win the American in 2014. (USATSI)

Cincinnati and Central Florida won't have an opportunity to play each other in 2014, but the media that covers the American Athletic Conference expect both teams to finish at the top of the standings.

The Bearcats are the preseason favorite after receiving 17 first-place votes in the preseason poll conducted at the league's media days in Newport, RI. UCF and Houston trail Cincinnati, with newcomer East Carolina finishing fourth.

It is likely that the AAC champion will be in the mix for the one spot in the selection committee bowls -- Cotton, Peach, Orange and Fiesta -- reserved for a non-power conference team. Currently, colleague Jerry Palm has the Bearcats playing against South Carolina in Atlanta in his early bowl predictions.

As for the topic of "power conferences," league commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday that their goal is to eliminate the idea that the American is not a power conference.

Check out the full results of the polling below, with first-place votes in parantheses:  

1. Cincinnati (17): 311 points

2. UCF (7): 296 points

3. Houston (6): 268 points

4. East Carolina: 262 points

5. SMU: 158 points

6. South Florida: 157 points

7. Memphis: 133 points

8. Temple: 105 points

9. UConn: 98 points

9. Tulane: 98 points

11. Tulsa: 94 points

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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