Here is what I understand prior to the regional rankings coming out.
Case and Wesley are in barring a major upset. Husson is out due to lack of quality opponents and lack of in-region games.
According to opponents winning percentage, Huntingdon is 164th, Northwestern 177th and Lagrange 208th. These will all go up after Saturday's games (perhaps moreso for huntingdon and lagrange as they play each other).
Northwestern will most likely be ranked higher in the regional rankings than either Huntingdon or Lagrange, if huntingdon and lagrange are ranked at all.
If Northwestern wins, I see them clearly ahead of Lagrange, but maybe not Huntingdon.
I wish I knew a quick method for calculating strength of schedule (SOS) stats so I could grind out the actual numbers, but here is my take.
As far as the SOS for Pool B is concerned, the only difference between HC (8-1) and LC (7-0) is this past week's game HC vs. H-SC. Once LC and HC play, that will raise both of their SOS considerably. It might even go higher than NW (8-1) who plays St. Thomas (6-3).
Even now, the OOWP favors HC and LC over NW.
208 LaGrange 7-0 1.000 0.405 0.486
177 Northwestern (Minn.) 8-1 0.889 0.451 0.450
164 Huntingdon 7-1 0.875 0.462 0.502
and just for perspective
39 St. Thomas 6-3 0.667 0.571 0.557 -- NW may have a pretty tough game.
So, if NW wins and
- LC wins, LC has a better W-L record and perhaps SOS than NW , or
- if HC wins, they have the same record as NW and a better SOS.
So, I don't see NW going in ahead of the HC/LC winner.
Just my thoughts as a guy who's pretty new to this--since LC was 0-10 the past two years I really didn't pay any attention to it.
Any other thoughts on this analysis are welcomed.