[MID-AMERICAN MEN] Defending national champion Akron was named the unanimous Mid-American favorite to win the regular-season title.
The Zips return top goal scorer Darren Mattocks and junior goalkeeper David Meves, both named to Soccer America's Preseason All-America list.
Akron opens its 2011 season Saturday at home against in-state rival Cleveland State, which handed the Zips their lone loss of 2010.
Northern Illinois was selected to finish second in the MAC.
2011 Mid-American Preseason Poll:
1. Akron (49)
2. Northern Illinois (36)
3. Western Michigan (35)
4. Bowling Green (25)
5. Buffalo (24)
6. Hartwick (14)
7. Florida Atlantic (13)