NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Central Florida has been picked to winthe American Athletic Conference and face Memphis in the championship game fora third straight season.
UCF was the top choice among media members to win the EastDivision and the league when the American released its preseason poll Tuesdayat conference media day. The Knights received 19 of 30 first-place votes to winthe East and 12 of 30 to win the conference.
Memphis is favored to win the West Division over Houston.The Tigers received 15 first-place votes and 165 points. Houston, in its firstseason under coach Dana Holgorsen, had 14 and 162.
USF was picked third in the East, followed by Temple, ECUand UConn. Tulane was picked behind third in the West followed by SMU, Navy andTulsa.
The American also announced its bowl lineup for the 2020-25seasons. The conference is guaranteed seven bowl slots each year, including onein a new game to be played at Fenway Park in Boston against the Atlantic CoastConference.
The American will annually send a team to the Military Bowlin Annapolis, Maryland, and alternate sending a team to the Armed Forces Bowlin Fort Worth, Texas, and the Hawaii Bowl.
The conference also has agreements with a pool of eight bowlgames that will host as many as four AAC teams annually.
Those games are: Birmingham Bowl; Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa,Florida; First Responder Bowl in Dallas; Boca Raton (Florida) Bowl; Frisco(Texas) Bowl; Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida; Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)Bowl; and New Mexico Bowl.
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