Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, has announced that the Louisville Cardinals have been named the No. 10 team in its preseason Top 25 poll. The countdown commences every year at www.AthlonSports.com in early May and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon's category-leading college football preseason annuals on May 28.
To celebrate the Louisville Cardinals being named No. 10, AthlonSports.com will be highlighting the program, including a look at the greatest players since 1967 and a 2013 team preview. (Direct links are included below.)
Charlie Strong's Louisville Cardinals appear on the countdown with one preseason All-American and nine players selected as American Athletic All-Conference performers. Athlon Sports predicts Louisville will finish first in the American Athletic Conference.
"Louisville is the overwhelming favorite in the American," says Athlon Sports Executive Editor Mitch Light. "The big question about the Cardinals is whether or not they will run the table in the regular season, and if so, will that be good enough to elbow their way into the national title mix?"
One Louisville standout-safety Hakeem Smith-was named to the third team as a preseason All-American. Nine Cardinals earned preseason American Athletic All-Conference honors, including Smith, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver DeVante Parker, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, linebacker Preston Brown and safety Calvin Pryor on the first team. Offensive guard Jake Smith, kicker John Wallace and defensive end Marcus Smith garnered second-team honors.
In addition, the quarterbacks unit was rated No. 6 in the country and best in the AAC. The wide receiver unit was tabbed No. 7 in the nation and ranked first in their conference.
Last year, Athlon Sports was the most accurate preseason magazine in prediction accuracy.*
Athlon Sports' preseason magazines hit retail locations May 28, with the entire selection of regional editions and team-specific covers available for pre-order at www.athlonsports.com/store.
Nashville-based Athlon Sports is a 46-year-old integrated media company. It remains a leader in sports prediction accuracy and creating the most sought-after preseason content online and in magazines at the newsstand. The company serves business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients as a publisher, content provider and sports marketer through its portfolio of websites, sports magazines, direct marketing services and events.