It’s past the midway point of July and football talk is beginning to pick up.

The American Athletic Conference has had its annual football media day.  An overwhelming favorite to win the conference has been chosenThat’s right USF fans, your beloved Bulls have been picked to win the AAC championship in a vote that wasn’t close at all.  Only three other teams received votes.  Houston was the second vote-getter, with two.  Memphis and Navy received on vote apiece. 

USF may be the favorite, but that other U to the east will have something to say about it.  UCF was picked second in the East division.

The Bulls were the certainly the topic of the day, but that discussion wasn’t limited to championship speculation.  There was a lot buzz about USF senior quarterback, Quinton Flowers, who could be a Heisman candidate this season

AAC’s media day wasn’t all about USF and championships.  The conference has unveiled their campaign for a “Power 6” designation, which is an attempt to get auto-bid status to the “playoff” system and lucrative TV contracts.  Since every conference expansion rumor begins with a list of American Athletic Conference teams, it seems an easy point to make.

CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee explains why the media campaign for “P6” designation matters.  He thinks it’s already working, and USF is proof.

Senior USF linebacker, Auggie Sanchez is fully recovered from injury.  With 65 more tackles, the team leader will break Kawika Mitchell’s program record. 

The Austin American-Statesman ranks USF football 18th in their top 25 countdown

Phil Steele has picked USF to play on New Year’s Day, just outside of the “playoff”.

The Tampa Bulls, the team made up of former USF basketball players, will play Overseas Elite, tonight at 9 PM.  The Tampa Bulls beat Seven City Grain and Kentucky Kings in the first two rounds of The Basketball Tournament.  Tonight’s round of eight action featuring the Tampa Bulls can be viewed on ESPN 2.

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