August 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

MAC football coaches pick Bowling Green, Northern Illinois to meet in title game

The MAC coaches aren't expecting much this season from Dan Enos' Central Michigan team. (Mark A. Cunningham / Getty Images)

Cleveland — Bowling Green and Northern Illinois are the football coaches’ picks to win the East and West Divisions, respectively, in the Mid-American Conference this season, according to a poll released Monday.

Bowling Green edged Akron and Ohio in the East, while Northern Illinois just beat out Toledo.

In the West, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan are picked Nos. 4, 5 an 6.

The conference is trumpeting parity, after six different teams have competed in the conference championship game in the last six years, and in the last three years, 10 programs have been eligible for a bowl.

MAC coaches polls


1. Bowling Green (11 first-place votes)

2. Akron (1)

3. Ohio

4. Buffalo

5. Kent State

6. Miami (Ohio)

7. UMass


1. Northern Illinois (9)

2. Toledo (3)

3. Ball State

4. Central Michigan

5. Western Michigan

6. Eastern Michigan