Western Michigan picked to win MAC championship

Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

DETROIT – The Mid-American Conference released its 2016 Football Preseason Media Poll on Thursday. Western Michigan was picked to win the West Division and MAC Conference Championship Game after receiving 19 of 26 first place votes, most of any school in the league on either division. It is the first time the Broncos have been picked to win the league since 2007.

The Broncos welcome back 48 letter-winners and 13 starters from last year’s team that went 8-5 overall, 6-2 in Conference play, good for a share of their first West Division title since 2000. The team went on to the program’s first ever bowl victory with a 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

This year’s offense will be paced by senior quarterback Zach Terrell, who threw for 3,510 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. Wide receiver Corey Davis is his favorite target as the senior collected 90 receptions for 1,436 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Western Michigan’s running game is very impressive with sophomore Jamauri Bogan (1,051 yards and 16 touchdowns) and junior Jarvion Franklin (735 yards, 5 touchdowns) as the Broncos ranked second in the league last season with 204.6 yards rushing per game.

2016 Preseason MAC Media Poll

Team (First Place Votes) Points

MAC West Division

1. Western Michigan (19) 144

2. Toledo (2) 113

3. Northern Illinois (3) 112

4. Central Michigan (2) 98

5. Ball State 44

6. Eastern Michigan 35

MAC East Division

1. Bowling Green (12) 136

2. Ohio (10) 134

3. Akron (4) 107

4. Buffalo 75

5. Miami 52

6. Kent State 42

2016 MAC Championship Game Winner: Western Michigan (19); Toledo (2); Northern Illinois (2); Central Michigan (1); Bowling Green (1); Akron (1).

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