We’re now a month or more into the season and first rankings
should be published by the end of October (we think). Seems like a good time to
lay out predictions and observations. Post your list and weigh in.
Here are my top 10
Lindenwood-Belleville – 7-0-0
No. 1 ranked team in the Central region last year with auto-bid to
nationals; undefeated so far this season, including wins against M1 Arkansas
and a strong first year team from Marian.
Davenport – 4-0-0
Panthers are off to a good start, dominating SIUE and Lewis. Games this
weekend vs. Ferris State should add two more W’s.
GVSU – 3-1-0
Split with M1 Rochester College and thrashed Ferris State. A solid
showing this weekend against Toledo could notch them up to the #2 slot.
Lindenwood – 6-1-1
The Lions took down RMU decisively, split with a middling Michigan team,
tied and beat McKendree, and squeaked out two close W’s vs. St. Louis. Decent
start with room to improve.
Marian – 4-2-0
In their freshman season debut, Marian shows it’s a team to watch,
logging sweeps of WI-Oshkosh and Michigan Tech, along with two close losses to
powerhouse LU-B. This weekend: Lewis.
Waldorf – 6-1-0-1
The Warriors are off to a great start, with the only blemish being a
1-point loss to WI-Oshkosh. Season opener was a shoot-out win vs. Lewis. Expect
them to add two more W’s this weekend vs. Augustana.
NDSU – 4-1-0-1
Following a pair of pre-season exhibition losses to M1 Jamestown, the
Bison log W’s vs. St. Thomas and St. Cloud State, and OTW and OTL vs. rival
North Dakota. Next up: Winona State
North Dakota – 4-1-0-1
The Fighting Hawks begin their 3rd season with a sweep of
Minnesota, split with WI-Oshkosh, and OT split with NDSU. Next up: WI-LaCrosse
McKendree – 4-1-1
Wins over St. Louis and Missouri
plus an OT tie and loss vs. Lindenwood put McKendree about here.
WI-Eau Claire – 4-1-1
Sweeps of Winona State and
WI-LaCrosse and a split with North Dakota help the Blugold’s squeeze into the
top 10. Next up: St. Cloud State
Challenging (in no order): St. Louis, Lewis, MN-Mankato, St.
Cloud State, Michigan State, Winona State, Wisconsin, Iowa, DePaul