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Courtesy: WMU

Football Picked Fifth in West

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 07/23/2013
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DETROIT - The 2013 Mid-American Conference Football Preseason Poll was unveiled on Tuesday at MAC Media Day with Western Michigan earning a fifth place prediction heading into the year.

"The poll results don't surprise me.  I was hired to build a program, and we have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be, to be elite," said WMU head coach P.J. Fleck.  "These young men, these coaches and I won't rest until this program is competing for, and winning, MAC titles."

The Broncos (61 points) are predicted to finish behind 2012 MAC Champion Northern Illinois, which led all West Division teams with 138 points and a conference high 16 first place votes, Toledo (122), Ball State (108) and Central Michigan (67).  The Rockets (5), Cardinals (3) and Chippewas (1) also received first place votes.

Ohio led the conference with 164 points to pace the MAC East with 15 first place votes.  Bowling Green followed with 154 points and eight first place votes.  Kent State, the 2012 MAC East champion, is predicted to finish third in the division in 2013 but did receive one first place vote, as did Buffalo.  Miami, Akron and Massachusetts rounded out the division.

Six different squads received votes to be the 2013 Marathon MAC Championship Game winner led by NIU (14).  Toledo and Ohio followed with three apiece with Bowling Green and Ball State each garnering two votes.  CMU received one vote.

Be sure to follow @WMU_Football throughout MAC Media Day (#MACMD13) for updates as well as Q&As with WMU representatives Tyler Van Tubbergen, Johnni Simon and Coach Fleck.  To submit questions on twitter, use the hash tags #AskTVT #AskJohnnie or #AskCoachFleck.

Videos of Van Tubbergen, Simon and Coach Fleck will be available on later today and be sure to watch ESPN3 at 9:40 a.m. ET to see Coach Fleck discuss the 2013 Broncos.

MAC Preason Poll

East Division

  1. Ohio (15) - 164
  2. Bowling Green (8) - 154
  3. Kent State (1) - 119
  4. Buffalo (1) - 101
  5. Miami - 78
  6. Akron - 53
  7. UMass - 29

West Division

  1. Northern Illinois (16) - 138
  2. Toledo (5) - 122
  3. Ball State (3) - 108
  4. Central Michigan (1) - 67
  5. Western Michigan - 61
  6. Eastern Michigan - 29