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    Does anyone have any early season opinions on any teams? Do you have any kind of Preseason Poll that you personally made? I can't seem to make too many assumptions with not being able to find too much info on teams. I know the Muleriders could struggle this year with a new QB. I could possibly see some low scoring games with a solid D returning, just don't know if the offense will be able to get going. Running game will be very important this year.

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    There was so much parity after the top 2-3 teams last season that it's difficult to have any real guess as to a 1 thru 12 rankings of the league.

    Here are some things I expect to see:

    - OBU will be the preseason favorite and should be. Have a good chance to win a third straight title if things continue to break right.
    - I expect Harding to be a solid #2 in preseason polls. They return a lot and should have a chip on their shoulder after losing two games by a combined 9 points last year.
    - I think HSU and Tech will both be improved. HSU returns basically the entire offense, 90% of whom were first-year starters in 2018, so you should see the Reddies rebound from a down year. I anticipate Tech will do the same under a new regime. No reason ATU can't win 6 or 7 and be a tough out in year one under a new staff.
    - On the flip side, I expect SAU to take a small step back in the post-Renner/Higgins/Lison era. Still probably a Top 4-5 squad, but its tough to lose that many difference-makers and improve.
    - Southeastern Oklahoma should be the best Oklahoma school once again, but don't overlook Oklahoma Baptist, who went 5-6 last year and all five wins were against fellow Oklahoma schools.
    - UAM is a wild card team for me. They had a nice year last season, but lost their OC. I just don't trust them and they're going to have to force me to before I project them as a real contender.

    Going into the season knowing what we do:

    The Favorites: Ouachita Baptist, Harding
    The Contenders: Southern Arkansas, Henderson State, Arkansas Tech, Southeastern Oklahoma
    Middle Tier: UAM, NWOSU, Oklahoma Baptist
    Likely Bottom Tier: SWOSU, East Central, Southern Nazarene

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReddieMade View Post
    There was so much parity after the top 2-3 teams last season that it's difficult to have any real guess as to a 1 thru 12 rankings of the league.

    Here are some things I expect to see:

    - OBU will be the preseason favorite and should be. Have a good chance to win a third straight title if things continue to break right.
    - I expect Harding to be a solid #2 in preseason polls. They return a lot and should have a chip on their shoulder after losing two games by a combined 9 points last year.
    - I think HSU and Tech will both be improved. HSU returns basically the entire offense, 90% of whom were first-year starters in 2018, so you should see the Reddies rebound from a down year. I anticipate Tech will do the same under a new regime. No reason ATU can't win 6 or 7 and be a tough out in year one under a new staff.
    - On the flip side, I expect SAU to take a small step back in the post-Renner/Higgins/Lison era. Still probably a Top 4-5 squad, but its tough to lose that many difference-makers and improve.
    - Southeastern Oklahoma should be the best Oklahoma school once again, but don't overlook Oklahoma Baptist, who went 5-6 last year and all five wins were against fellow Oklahoma schools.
    - UAM is a wild card team for me. They had a nice year last season, but lost their OC. I just don't trust them and they're going to have to force me to before I project them as a real contender.

    Going into the season knowing what we do:

    The Favorites: Ouachita Baptist, Harding
    The Contenders: Southern Arkansas, Henderson State, Arkansas Tech, Southeastern Oklahoma
    Middle Tier: UAM, NWOSU, Oklahoma Baptist
    Likely Bottom Tier: SWOSU, East Central, Southern Nazarene
    Wow, what a great analysis. I would have thought that you were a professional sports writer.

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    Feel pretty confident saying the league is decided on Thursday night of week 1. OBU brings a lot back. HU brings a lot back. Both teams prepping for each other for months in advance. Don’t think it’ll be 7-3, but it’s going to be low scoring affair again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divisiontwo View Post
    Feel pretty confident saying the league is decided on Thursday night of week 1. OBU brings a lot back. HU brings a lot back. Both teams prepping for each other for months in advance. Don’t think it’ll be 7-3, but it’s going to be low scoring affair again.
    I remember a couple years ago when HSU beat Harding in week one and everyone thought that game might decide it early. Then HSU ended up 6-5, Harding started 0-3 and ended up winning like 12 straight games and getting to the national semifinals, but still didn't win the league.

    All of that to say this: no game in week one is going to decide the GAC, doesn't matter how big it is. There's been too much weird stuff happen in the past, particularly for you guys, for you to truly believe that. 10 weeks of games for one or both of those two teams to trip somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReddieMade View Post
    I remember a couple years ago when HSU beat Harding in week one and everyone thought that game might decide it early. Then HSU ended up 6-5, Harding started 0-3 and ended up winning like 12 straight games and getting to the national semifinals, but still didn't win the league.

    All of that to say this: no game in week one is going to decide the GAC, doesn't matter how big it is. There's been too much weird stuff happen in the past, particularly for you guys, for you to truly believe that. 10 weeks of games for one or both of those two teams to trip somewhere.
    I mean I’m aware we have to play 10 more times. I think the winner of that game wins the GAC. It’s a fairly simple take. Your prediction was OBU and HU were the favorites. One would think the team who wins that game likely wins GAC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divisiontwo View Post
    I mean I’m aware we have to play 10 more times. I think the winner of that game wins the GAC. It’s a fairly simple take. Your prediction was OBU and HU were the favorites. One would think the team who wins that game likely wins GAC.
    I still see SAU being in the middle tier, with Arkansas Tech being improved, but not great.

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