The MAC News Media Association released its official MAC preseason poll Tuesday morning.
Central Michigan garnered 29 of a possible 36 first-place votes in the West Division. The Chippewas were selected by 24 voters as the favorites to win the 2008 MAC Championship Game.
CMU has won the last two West Division and championship game crowns, but was not the predicted favorite either season. In 2006, CMU was picked to finish fourth in the West Division. Last season saw the Chippewas ranked second in the preseason West Division poll.
The complete MAC preseason poll is below.
CMU opens the 2008 season at home against Eastern Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 28. The Chippewas' first conference game is at Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 13.
2008 MAC News Media Association Preseason Poll
1. Central Michigan (29 first-place votes)
2. Ball State (5)
3. Western Michigan (2)
5. Eastern Michigan
6. Northern Illinois
1. Bowling Green (17)
2. Miami (7)
3. Buffalo (3)
4. Kent State (2)
5. Temple (2)
6. Ohio (3)
7. Akron (2)
MAC Championship Game
Central Michigan (24), Ball State (5), Bowling Green (4), Buffalo (1), Miami (1), Western Michigan (1)
CMU Picked to Win MAC Championship
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