UCF football was picked second in the American Athletic Conference preseason media poll behind conference favorite Cincinnati.
The 2014 Fiesta Bowl championship Knights team sent quarterback Blake Bortles, running back Storm Johnson and offensive lineman Justin and Jordan McCray to the NFL. UCF returns nine defensive starters. George O'Leary's team received seven first place votes out of 30 total votes.
Cincinnati returns 11 total starters and also promises to boast a strong defense led by veteran coach Tommy Tuberville.
The Houston Cougars received six first place votes and finished third in the preseason media poll followed by UCF's former Conference USA foe East Carolina.
Here's a look at the rest of the poll.
1. Cincinnati (17) - 311 points
2. UCF (7) - 296
3. Houston (6) - 268
4. East Carolina - 262
5. SMU - 158
6. USF - 157
7. Memphis - 133
8. Temple - 105
9. (tie) UConn - 98
9. Tulane - 98
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