At the Mid-American Conference media day, the Zips were picked by a group of beat writers to finish last in the East division.
Temple, following a 9-4 (7-1) season, was picked to finish first. The Owls return 17 starters from last season, including all-conference running back Bernard Pierce. Temple received 17 of 20 first-place votes.
Ohio University received the other three first-place votes and are projected to finish second in the East. They are followed, in order, by Kent State, Bowling Green, Miami, Buffalo and Akron.
In the West division, Northern Illinois was picked first followed by Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
Temple was picked to win the MAC overall, followed by Northern Illinois and Ohio.
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