At their 2018 “Media Kickoff” in Newport, RI, Tuesday, the voters have chosen an instant replay for the American Athletic Conference Championship Game this December. UCF (25 first place votes) and Memphis (23 votes) were picked to represent the East and the West for the Championship.
The voting results were announced just before the media sessions in Rhode Island got underway:
— The American (@American_Conf) July 24, 2018
This would be a rematch of the epic double overtime win by the Knights (celebrating in photo above) over the Tigers in Orlando to clinch a 12-0 season and advance to the Peach Bowl. That’s where UCF upset those SEC Tigers and finished perfect at 13-0.
The majority of the voters also believe that first year coach Josh Heupel and returning AAC Offensive Player of the Year, McKenzie Milton, will repeat as champions of the American, as well. As shown above, the Knights got 19 votes to win the title game. Memphis seven.
There were five voters also believe that USF, even with star QB Quinton Flowers lost to graduation, will win the East. And, three of those voters picked the Bulls to win the championship game, also.
The Houston Cougars in the West, also got one championship game winning vote.
The Knights destroyed Memphis in the regular season meeting of 2017 in Orlando. Obviously, the title game rematch was much closer.
And obviously, another critical game for UCF will be the annual “War on I-4” to be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 23rd). The Knights and the Bulls played a phenomenal regular season finale’ won by UCF in dramatic fashion last “Black Friday.” That’s when Mike Hughes scored the winning TD on a kickoff return for a 49-42 win in the final minutes.
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