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In the West Division, only three points separated the top two spots with NIU gathering 70 points, followed by second-place Toledo with 67 points.
The poll reflects on the competitive nature of the MAC. In the last five years, the conference has witnessed five different programs compete in the Marathon MAC Football Championship game, In the last four years, 10 different MAC football programs have appeared in a bowl game.
2015 MAC Head Football Coaches Preseason Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Points
MAC East Division
Bowling Green (11) 89
UMass (2) 57
Kent State 21
MAC West Division
Northern Illinois (7) 70
Toledo (5) 67
Western Michigan (1) 55
Ball State 36
Central Michigan 32
Eastern Michigan 13
The 2015 season kicks off on Thursday, September 3 with four non-conference games. The 2015 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game is Friday, December 4 at 8:00 pm from Ford Field in Detroit.