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Football Team Picked to Finish Second in MAC West
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At the Mid-American Conference Football Media Preview in Detroit, Mich., the Ball State Cardinals were picked to finish second in the MAC West Division behind preseason favorite Central Michigan.

Ball State and Central Michigan shared the MAC West Division crown in 2007, but lost the tiebreaker to the two-time defending champion Chippewas.  CMU earned the berth in the MAC Championship Game due to its regular-season win over Ball State.

Central Michigan grabbed 29 of the 36 first-place votes with Ball State receiving five first-place votes and Western Michigan receiving two.  CMU totalled 207 points in the preseason poll, while the Cardinals tallied 168, Western Michigan 143, Toledo 98, Eastern Michigan 80 and Northern Illinois 60.

Below is the complete preseason football poll as voted on by members of the MAC News Media Association.

MAC West Division
1.)  Central Michigan (207)
2.)  Ball State (168)
3.)  Western Michigan (143)
4.)  Toledo (98)
5.)  Eastern Michigan (80)
6.)  Northern Illinois (60)

MAC East Division
1.)  Bowling Green (206)
2.)  Miami University (202)
3.)  Buffalo (145)
4.)  Kent State (137)
5.)  Temple (120)
6.)  Ohio (119)
7.)  Akron (78)

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