Media members who cover the American Athletic Conference seem to be lukewarm on Navy’s football team this year.
In the preseason media poll released Tuesday, Navy was tabbed to finish fifth in the conference, garnering 125 total points. Navy was one of four teams to receive a first place vote, getting just one out of 20.
UCF was picked to finish first with 204 total points and 10 first-place votes, while Cincinnati came in second with 201 points and seven first-place votes.
This is the third year in a row that UCF has been picked to win the AAC. However, 10 players for the Knights opted out of the 2020 season on Tuesday.
Breaking: #UCF head coach Josh Heupel says 10 players have opted out for the 2020 season, including DB Tay Gowan and QB Darriel Mack Jr.— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) September 1, 2020
Navy was one of four AAC teams to finish in the AP Top 25 Poll last season. This season, their first two games will be televised to national audiences.
The Mids begin their 2020 campaign next Monday, Sept. 7, at home vs. BYU on ESPN. Their first conference game is Sept. 19, at Tulane. That game, which kicks off at noon, will air on ABC.
Here’s the full preseason poll:
Team (First-Place Votes) - Total Points
- UCF (10) – 204
- Cincinnati (7) – 201
- Memphis (2) – 192
- SMU – 146
- Navy (1) – 125
- Tulane – 118
- Houston – 114
- Temple – 88
- Tulsa – 49
- East Carolina – 42
- USF – 41