Created:Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:46 a.m.CDT
Updated:Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:50 a.m.CDT

Official MAC preseason poll

DETROIT – The morning has already gotten off to a surprising start, depending on your perspective.

NIU, the defending MAC West champs returning basically its entire offense, was picked to finish second in the MAC West behind last season's runnerup Toledo. The Huskies received 81 votes (five first place) while Toledo was given 83 (8), so we're certainly talking about a division that is up for grabs at the top.

Given that, the Rockets get NIU at home this season, which will certainly help their cause. I have to think that's the biggest factor that went into the voting result. Still, it will be interesting to see what Dave Doeren and Co. have to say.

Here's the official poll:

MAC West

1. Toledo: 83 votes, 8 first place.

2. NIU: 81, 5

3. Western Michigan: 76, 2

4. Central Michigan: (55, 1)

5. Ball State: (27)

6. Eastern Michigan: (24)

MAC East

1. Miami: (97, 4)

2. Ohio: (96, 8)

3. Temple: (88, 4)

4. Kent State: (57)

5. Bowling Green: (48)

6. Buffalo: (37)

7. Akron: (25)

Given a full slate of games against Big Ten teams, which team finishes with the best record?