The conference poll is done by the coaches but they could not vote for their own team. With 9 teams that means 8 votes possible for each team with a minimum score of 8 and a maximum of 64. It’s no surprise that Pacific Lutheran is predicted to win the NWC as they got 7 out of the possible 8 first place votes and finished with 63 points. You know it had to be Puget Sound Coach Massey that didn’t vote for them, right? Can I get the rivalry amped up a bit more? Actually, no way to know so let’s just go with that thought. In the meantime, I’ll get my crack team of Latvian hackers on the job to see if they can find those ballots.
Whitworth finished second with 47 points while my preseason predictions had the Pirates finishing 6th. I do think the second place placement is too high but it shows the level of respect Whitworth has in the conference. I probably have them too low in my predictions and really struggled with their placement.
Pacific finished third with 43 points and they are my pick to finish 2nd and give the Lutes a fight for the conference championship.
Whitman is next with 42 points followed by Puget Sound with 38 points. Only 5 points separate places 3rd through 5th and I do think it will be that close in real life, just not with these teams. I liked George Fox for the 4th spot in my predictions with Whitman in 3rd and Puget Sound in 5th.
Speaking of George Fox, the conference predicts them to finish 6th with 31 points. There is then a 3-way tie for 7th between Willamette, Linfield and Lewis & Clark. My predictions had Linfield, Willamette and Lewis & Clark bringing up the bottom of the NWC this season.
So, the big difference is really the placement of Whitworth and to a lesser extent the placement of George Fox. I understand where the coaches are coming from with Whitworth and they could surprise me but they just lost a lot to senior graduation.
|Rk.||Team||Pts.||2017 Record (NWC)|
|T-7||Lewis & Clark||20||1-15|