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UT tabbed as preseason favorite by MAC coaches

08/28/2017, 11:00am EDT
By By BRIAN BUCKEY BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Coaches pick Rockets to win MAC West ahead of Western Michigan

Weeks after the media picked the University of Toledo football team as the class of the Mid-American Conference, the coaches followed suit by selecting the Rockets as the preseason favorites to win the conference.

Toledo received seven first-place votes as the top team in the MAC West. Western Michigan and Northern Illinois followed close behind in second and third respectively. Eastern Michigan was voted fourth, Central Michigan fifth, and Ball State sixth.

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Ohio was picked to win the MAC East.

In the preseason media poll, Toledo was overwhelmingly chosen to top Ohio in the MAC championship game, which would give the Rockets their first league title since 2004.

Here is the look at how the coaches voted:

2017 MAC Head Football Coaches Preseason Poll

Team (First-place votes) Points

MAC East Division

  1. Ohio (9) 69
  2. Miami (3) 61
  3. Bowling Green 45
  4. Akron 41
  5. Buffalo 20
  6. Kent State 16

MAC West Division

  1. Toledo (7) 66
  2. Western Michigan (2) 58
  3. Northern Illinois (1) 45
  4. Eastern Michigan 35
  5. Central Michigan (1) 31
  6. Ball State (1) 17

Contact Brian Buckey at bbuckey@theblade.com419-724-6110 or on Twitter @BrianBuckey.

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Picked to win the MAC by the media, the Toledo football team backed that up with a top selection in the preseason coaches poll. BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

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