Louisville overwhelming favorite in the American preseason poll

Louisville received 28 of 30 possible first-place votes in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. (USATSI)
Louisville received 28 of 30 possible first-place votes in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. (USATSI)

With an 11-win season and Sugar Bowl victory in the rearview, Louisville was a near-unanimous pick to win the American Athletic Conference in the preseason balloting at the conference's media day in Newport, R.I.. 

AAC preseason poll
Team (1st place) Total
1. Louisville (28) 298
2. Cincinnati (2) 257
3. Rutgers 240
4. UCF 210
5. South Florida 155
6. Houston 134
7. Connecticut 131
8. SMU 118
9. Temple 60
10. Memphis 47

The Cardinals return 19 players who made at least one start during 2012, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate. Louisville hopes to build on last season's success and claim a second-straight conference title during their short stay in the American before joining the ACC in 2014.

Cincinnati was picked second in the balloting, earning the other two first-place votes. Tommy Tuberville takes over a Bearcats program that has earned at least a share of four conference title in the past five seasons. Rutgers, who claimed a share of their first conference title in their first year under Kyle Flood, finished third and UCF was the highest ranked newcomer at No. 4.

Check out the full voting breakdown below, and keep it here for updates from American Athletic Conference media days throughout Tuesday.

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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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