Bowling Green and Toledo were selected to win their respective MAC divisions and BG was picked to again win the overall league title in voting done by the league's media and released Wednesday.
Bowling Green is a prohibitive favorite to win the East Division, while Toledo edged out defending division champ Northern Illinois as the pick to win the West.
The Falcons are expected to have the best offense in the league and one of the best in the nation, thanks to the presence of quarterback Matt Johnson and running back Travis Greene. Johnson threw for 3,467 yards and 25 TDs last season, his first as the starter. Bowling Green has non-conference games against Indiana and Wisconsin, but still looks like a potential 10-win team.
Akron was picked to finish second in the East, followed by Ohio, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami and Massachusetts. After Toledo and NIU in the West came Ball State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
BG had 11 votes to win the overall MAC title, followed by Toledo with six, Central Michigan with two and Akron and NIU with one each.
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