SB Nation Week 1 blogpoll
Apparently someone voted for EMU! I can only guess that it was a mistake and whoever it was meant to vote for either Central or Western Michigan. EMU’s point total was good for second in the state, behind Michigan State and ahead of Central Michigan and U-M. Also, the order of MAC schools is: Ball State, Bowling Green, Temple, EMU, Ohio, and Central Michigan. Of course, all the Michigan schools, and all the MAC schools, are far enough down the point total that they probably only got votes from one or two bloggers each, and anything out of the top-25 can’t be considered accurate in such a poll (because of the nature of the ranking), but I can’t imagine that any one intentionally voted for the Eagles (or Ball State for that matter, and I’m assuming the U-M vote came from a U-M blogger) as a top-25 team. I could only find it in me to rank EMU 5th in the MAC West, and I have not doubt that the Eagles remain the worst FBS team in the state.
As an alternative to it being a mistake, I suppose it’s also possible that someone is just trying to mess up the rankings. Maybe it was the same voter who ranked the Dixie State Red Storm (formerly — and still on SB Nation — known as the Rebels), who finished last season 4-7 competing in the Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference and were picked to finish third in the conference in the GNAC pre-season coaches poll. I don’t know how any one could pick either of these teams except either as a mistake or a joke.