Over the last few years, the MAC has been dominated by a just a few teams, with the conference championship game featuring the same two teams each of the last three seasons.
That might change somewhat in 2016, but there is still a big chance that the same teams dominate in the conference again this year.
On Monday, the coaches released their preseason poll, ranking the best teams in both the East and West divisions. Bowling Green, who has won two of the last three conference titles, represented the East, while Western Michigan, who has not played for a conference title since 2000, came out as the best team in the West.
#MACtion preseason coaches poll: East-1 BG; 2 Ohio, 3 Akron, 4 Buff, 5 Miami, 6 KentSt; West-1 WMU, 2 NIU, 3 Toledo, 4 CMU, 5 BallSt, 6 EMU
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 29, 2016
The Falcons might find it pretty tough to get to their fourth straight title game in Detroit as they lost quarterback Matt Johnson, wide receiver Roger Lewis and head coach Dino Babers this offseason. The Broncos, on the other hand, have a chance to have the best offensive look in the conference, but will have to contend with defending six-time West Division champion Northern Illinois, who were predicted to finish second.
The Ohio Bobcats could make a push for their first East title since 2011, while Toledo looks to build off of their 2015 season, that saw them start the year 7-0 with a win over SEC foe Arkansas and finish the year with 10 wins for the first time since 2001.
It is certainly going to be a fun season of MACtion in 2016.
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