DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Pat Schiller #53 of the Northern Illinois Huskies holds up the MAC Championship Trophy and celebrates after winning the MAC Championship game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field on December 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Bobcats 23-20. (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)
The UMass Minutemen were voted to finish last in the MAC Conference Eastern Division in the preseason poll.
The Ohio Bobcats were picked to win the 2012 Marathon MAC Football Championship in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Football Preseason Poll. Ohio and Toledo were chosen to win the East and West Divisions, respectively. UMass received a total of 23 points, and was picked to land in the cellar of the East Division in the poll.
The poll was announced at the conference's annual Football Media Day in Detroit. Members of the media contingent voted in the poll.
Despite their showing in the preseason poll, the Minutemen had two players land on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Conference Team. The college football guru announced the All-MAC team on Wednesday.
Offensive tackle Nick Speller and linebacker Perry McIntyre made Steele's second team All-MAC squad. Entering his senior season, McIntyre recorded 116 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss last season. Speller, a red shirt senior, transferred from Syracuse where he picked up All-Freshman honors in 2009.
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