MAC Football Preseason Poll Released

DETROIT - The Mid-American Conference football preseason poll was released Tuesday in conjunction with the conference media day being held in Detroit.

The Chippewas were picked to finish sixth in the West Division. The voting was done by the members of the MAC News Media Association.

"That just goes to show what the media knows," joked head football coach Brian Kelly. "I never put a lot of stock in the preseason poll. The one I care about is the standings come November. I kind of like that everyone will look at the schedule and think our game is one they will win."

Toledo was picked to win the West Division with 34 of the 41 first-place votes. Marshall topped the list in the East with 21 first-place votes, but Miami was nipping at its heals with 18 first-place votes. Toledo was also selected to win the MAC Championship Game to be held at the East Division winner. The Rockets garnered 22 votes while Marshall was second with nine.

At the media day Kelly also discussed the state of his team with fall training camp starting a little over a week away on August 11.

"This football team is committed," said Kelly. "We forced our players to raise their level of play. What they thought in the past was hard work is not hard enough. They have made great strides in that area."

The Chippewas open their season at Indiana on September 4.

MAC Preseason Poll

West Division - Votes(First-place votes)

1. Toledo - 278(34)

2. Northern Illinois - 225(3)

3. Bowling Green - 223(3)

4. Western Michigan - 154(1)

5. Ball State - 118

6. Central Michigan - 84

7. Eastern Michigan - 66

East Division - Votes(First-place votes)

1. Marshall - 258(21)

2. Miami(Ohio) - 257(18)

3. Akron - 188(1)

4. Central Florida - 176

5. Kent State - 119(1)

6. Ohio - 82

7. Buffalo - 67

MAC Championship Game

1. Toledo - 22

2. Marshall - 9

3. Bowling Green - 3

Miami(Ohio) - 3

Northern Illinois - 3

6. Akron - 1

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