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WMU Football Picked 3rd in MAC West by Media


DETROIT, MI -- (WKZO) The Western Michigan Bronco football team was selected to finish 3rd in the MAC West in 2011.  The Broncos return seven starters on offense and all but 2 on defense this season.  The Broncos are currently taking part in MAC Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit.  WKZO will have full coverage including video interviews this afternoon.

The full release from WMU Media Relations is below:

DETROIT, Mich. - The Western Michigan football team begins the 2011 campaign predicted to finish behind Toledo and NIU in the Preseason Mid-American Conference Poll.  WMU did receive two first-place votes.

The Broncos return seven starters on offense and all but two on defense in 2011, including sixth-year receiver and 2010 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Jordan White, but the media selected Toledo and Northern Illinois to finish ahead ofWMU in the preseason poll.

Western Michigan also returns its leading tackler from a year ago, senior linebacker Mitch Zajac, as well as its entire defensive line, one that proves to be very important to WMU's success in 2011.

Toledo received 83 points and eight first place votes to lead the way in the West followed very closely by Northern Illinois with 81 points and five first place votes.  The Rockets, Huskies and Broncos all received first place votes as well as Central Michigan, which was predicted to finish fourth in the division.

The East goes to Miami according to the preseason poll, leading the way with a league best 97 votes.  Ohio was picked second with 96 but had double the number of first place votes (8) that Miami garnered (4).  Temple was selected third followed by Kent State, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Akron.  CMU, Ball State and Eastern Michigan rounded out the West voting.

WMU opens the 2011 campaign on ABC/ESPN2 at Michigan at 3:30 p.m.  The Broncos open Waldo Stadium on Sept. 10 against Nicholls and kick off the 2011 MAC slate on Sept. 17 against CMU at noon on ESPN Regional.

Preseason MAC Poll

West Division

Toledo (8) - 83
NIU (5) - 81
WMU (2) - 76
CMU (1) - 55
Ball State - 27
Eastern Michigan - 24

East Division

Miami (4) - 97
Ohio (8) - 96
Temple (4) - 88
Kent State - 57
Bowling Green - 48
Buffalo - 37
Akron - 25

Predicted 2011 Marathon MAC Championship Game Winner:

Toledo (5), NIU (3), Miami (3), Ohio (1), WMU (1).