Came to post this. From the NCAC conference office, for my friends who check the ATN board.
Here's our list of tiebreakers, as written by the coaches. They're slightly different than what I've seen on the boards, particularly #2. The trick with #2, and it may or may not apply in all scenarios, is you have to wait for the final standings to determine the tie-break. It may not apply depending on common opponents on the way down, and it could just as easily not break on the way up if teams all beat each other, but if that tie-breaker comes into play, we need to wait until Saturday is over because the final order of standings is the key.
1. Head-to-Head result(s) between tied teams.
2. Result(s) versus individual opponents examined in descending order, individually, until tie is broken. The tied teams must have a common opponent in order for the result to be considered; if not a common opponent, move to the next team in the standings. The first team to have beaten a higher-ranked team that is a common opponent wins the tiebreaker. If the tie is not broken in the descending order review, start from the bottom of the standings and examine opponents in ascending order. The first team to have lost to a lower-ranked team loses the tiebreaker (no common opponent provision in ascending review).
3. The team with the fewest losses in conference away games.
4. The team with the higher preseason power ranking used to determine conference schedule. This provision would not apply if a tiebreaker had been used to separate the teams in final power ranking.
5. The team with the longest active winning streak in conference play at the end of the season.
6. The team that has not participated in the NCAA playoffs for the longest period of years.
7. Coin Toss.
When three or more teams are tied, the same procedure shall be followed until one team is eliminated. The process shall then be repeated until one team emerges.
And, as you know this is just for the AQ, any tied teams will be declared co-champs.
If, for example, everybody at the top of the NCAC wins on Saturday, including Wabash over DePauw and Allegheny over Hiram ... then I believe there is nobody who has played all three of OWU, Witt and Kenyon and hasn't lost all three games. So go to ascending order, and the tie breaks with Kenyon having lost to OWU (and not played Witt or Wabash), and Witt and OWU having lost to Wabash, the lower-ranked (but 28 points better) team.
Witt plays at Oberlin
Denison at Kenyon
Wooster at OWU
DePauw at Wabash
Allegheny at Hiram
Many things could happen. What if the top three all lost and moved Wabash back into a tie at the top?
If it came down to conference away losses, only Kenyon has one. That would eliminate them and go back to OWU and Witt tied though, and it might go to preseason power ranking (which is a little wacky, to be honest)