Cincinnati picked to win first AAC championship game

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Cincinnati has been picked as the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference's inaugural football championship game.

The Bearcats return 15 seniors from a team that won a share of the conference title last year. They received 22 of 30 votes in the annual preseason media poll released Tuesday during the conference's annual media day in Newport, Rhode Island. Memphis came in second in the balloting with five votes.

The Bearcats have been placed in the East Division of the conference, which has grown to 12 members this season with the addition of Navy. UCF is picked to finish second in that division followed by Temple, East Carolina, South Florida, and UConn.

Memphis is the choice to win the West Division ahead of Houston, Navy, Tulane, SMU and Tulsa.