Toledo football picked 2nd in MAC preseason media poll

July 20 – DETROIT – Toledo looks up to Ball State.

The reigning Mid-American Conference Champion Cardinals were selected to win the West Division and the Conference Championship.

“I don’t buy any of the preseason stuff, either for personal awards or for the team,” said Bryce Harris, UT’s senior offensive lineman, on Tuesday at MAC Media Day. “There are so many variables. You just don’t know. Whether we get picked first or last, we still need the same chip on our shoulder that we are the underdogs. You have to bring it with you every week.”

Rather than focusing on December 4th – the date of the MAC title game at Ford Field – Rockets manager Jason Candle expects the arrival of September 4th when UT welcomes Norfolk State to the season opener.

“Preseason leaderboards are what they are. It’s a way to create more excitement and excitement about the football season that everyone is looking forward to,” said Candle. “We’re looking forward to September 4th and to getting the fans back to our stadium. The glass bowl has been empty for over a year. We want to focus our time and energy on getting the preseason camp off to a great start, and really me.” I’m looking forward to the date on September 4th.

“If you got caught up in the preseason rankings and all that, everyone is unbeaten right now. Everyone wants to return here on December 4th. It’s a race to see who can tie the points most consistently throughout the season . Hopefully we are that team. “

Ball State, which received 11 votes in first place, was selected ahead of Toledo (7), Western Michigan (4), Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Northern Illinois. The cardinals’ 114 points were 10 more than Toledo’s.

Bowling Green was selected to finish sixth in the MAC East. Kent State was named the MAC East winner with 11 votes for first place. Ohio was voted first with two votes, Miami got five and Buffalo got four.

The story goes on

“Ultimately, people will believe what they want to believe,” said Samuel Womack, Toledo senior cornerback. “It doesn’t always mean it will be the result. I don’t actually feed it. I’m just worried about what’s going on in our locker room.”

Bowling Green opens in Tennessee on Thursday, September 2nd.

East Department

1. Kent State (11 votes for first place), 112 points

2. Ohio (2), 96

3. Miami (5), 94

4. Buffalo (4), 93

5. Akron, 39

6. Bowling green, 28

West division

1. Ball State (11 votes for first place), 114

2. Toledo (7), 104

3. West Michigan (4), 103

4. Central Michigan, 68

5. East Michigan, 44

6. Northern Illinois, Jan.

First published July 20, 2021, 10:10 a.m.

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