My call to win 'em all
ASC -- Texas Lutheran looks the tiniest smidge better than Hardin-Simmons in what should be a great two-team race.
Capital -- Nobody starts the season ranked over 500, but St. Mary's of Maryland witha 10-player rotation should have enough to win the league.
Centennial -- Ursinus is the preseason No. 1 and there's little reason to doubt they'll carry the league. Better disussion question -- can a team with 38 speed win a national title?
CUNY -- Polytechnic gets my nod ahead of NYCT and Medgar Evers.
CCIW -- There could be some good competition here, but the human factor still makes Northland the team to beat.
Coast -- It's the Coast, so we're talking Wentworth all the way.
Commonwealth -- Typically a two-team battle between Susquehanna and Altoona, this year's call is for Susquehanna as PSA appears in a bit of a recycle.
Empire -- Riddler's Vassar squad is the elite of the Empire this season.
Freedom -- In a human-free league with no real frontrunner, I'll reach down and call DeSales the leader.
GNE -- Five ranked teams to start the season in the Evil Empire, but the presense of my team on that list calls it all into question. Despite that power, Johnson & Wales looks a clear line better than the other four.
Heartland -- Defiance looks to be the clear favorite atop the league chase.
Iowa -- Dare we call anyone but Buena Vista to win the league? No. We do not dare.
Little East -- UMass Dartmouth holding off a simmed Rhode Island is what I'm seeing in my crystal ball. It will be interesting to see how MLA fares.
Michigan -- Always a fun league because year after year it looks so close on paper. This is no exception as Calvin and Eureka grade out very similar. I'll give a slim edge to Calvin.
Midwest -- No team starts over 500. Rose-Hulman Tech, by virtue of being the only human in the conference, gets my nod.
Minnesota -- Even though they're simmed, I'll call St. John's above the human-coached Hamline squad. Moorhead's roster raises some eyebrows.
NESCAC -- In the league that often comes down to Conn and Tufts, I'm going to call this season for Connecticut.
New Jersey -- Ramapo could be underrated at 23 and could easily 16-0 the New Jersey this season.
N. Atlantic -- Maine, Presque Isle looks teh best in a league where the teams are all jumbled up and humans don't seem to matter.
NCAC -- Wittenberg, with some recently proclaimed message board "hate," will back it up with a league title.
Northwest -- Whitworth appears to stand clear of the field in the Northwest this season. Possibly also underranked at 20.
Ohio -- Otterbein is ranked, but is simmed. On paper, they're also the best team in the league. But since I have a suitable human option, I'll go with John Carroll in the battle fo brains vs. bytes.
ODAC -- Emory & Henry gets my nod ahead of Lynchburg.
Penn -- Misericordia and Arcadia are about as evenly matched as two teams can be. Both have humongous junior superclasses. I'll give the slimmest of nods to Misericordia since I have to make a pick.
Skyline -- US Merchant Marines appears to be back to its dominant profile in the Skyline this season.
So. Cal -- How's everyone feel about Colorado? Good? We're good? Good.
St. Louis -- Webster is going for its fifth straight 16-0. They'll likely get it.
SUNY -- Fredonia gets my nod, but nobody is going to strike the fear of God into non-conference foex.
University -- The University starts with 4 of the top 14 teams in the nation this year. Two-time champs Emory have reloaded admirably. But Ozarks is my pick to win the league.
Upstate -- New York Univ. might be simmed for the first time in many, many seasons, but they're still the best team in the league, though RPI could challenge.
USA South -- Home to three of the top five teams in the nation this season, this could be a fun conference to watch. The voters got it right for once as Piedmont is slightly the better of the lot.
Wisconsin -- Concordia(WI) has the best of this league, which produced last season's national runner-up.