NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Louisville is the overwhelming favorite to win the American Athletic Conference in its last season as a member of the league formerly known as the Big East.
The Cardinals, who are led by star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, received 28 of 30 first-place votes from a media panel. Louisville moves into the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, but hopes it can grab a second straight league title and BCS bid before it goes.
The Cardinals started last season as the favorites in the conference and went on to earn their second BCS bid, finishing 11-2 with a victory in the Sugar Bowl against Florida.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong said he doesn't want his players thinking of themselves as favorites.
"We'll always be a team that's going to be the hunter," he said Tuesday during American media day.
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