July 25, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois, the defending Mid-American Conference champions, will once again contend for the league crown, according to the 2012 MAC Preseason Poll released Tuesday by the league office. For the second straight season, NIU is listed second in the MAC's West Division behind Toledo by the members of the media representing league markets who make the predictions.
Ohio, which dropped a 23-20 decision to the Huskies in the MAC Championship game a year ago, was picked to win the overall title in 2012, and the Bobcats earned all 17 first-place votes in the East Division.
In the West Division, Toledo garnered seven first-place votes from the 17 poll voters to outdistance Northern Illinois by four points, 87-83. The Huskies, who earned five first-place votes, were followed closely by Western Michigan, who collected 79 points and four first-place votes. Ball State (42 points), Eastern Michigan (34) and Central Michigan (32) rounded out the West voting.
On the East side, Ohio was followed by Bowling Green (91 points), Miami (84) and Kent State (76).
Five voters picked Ohio to win the Marathon MAC Championship game while Toledo was picked by three voters and NIU, WMU and Central Michigan each earned one vote.
To see the complete poll and the release from the MAC, click here.
After winning its final nine games of the season, including the Mid-American Conference Championship and GoDaddy.com Bowl, NIU takes the nation's longest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) winning streak into the 2012 season-opener when the Huskies play host to Iowa at Chicago's Soldier Field on Sept. 1. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown III are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Northern Illinois 2012 football season tickets are on sale through the NIU Athletics External Office at 815-753-1923 or online at www.NIUHuskies.com for just $120 for the full six-game Huskie Stadium season. Mini-plans, featuring any three Huskie Stadium games, can be purchased for $60, while NIU's HuskieLand Plan provides a ticket to the season-opener versus Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 8), the Kansas game (Sept. 22) and the MAC West rivalry game versus Toledo (Nov. 14) along with $45 in gift cards from Buffalo Wild Wings, Village Commons Bookstore and HyVee.
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