This will be the first year SCIAC teams have this type of schedule. Please notice the games at the end of the season
April 24 - April 27 ...Teams play 4 SCIAC Games.... Game Opponent & Location Based on SCIAC Standings)
SCIAC Tournament (May. 3 - May. 5) Top 4 teams double elimination. Winner gets Pool A playoff bid
Here is my take on each schedule...
Pomona- Great opening series against an up-and-comer from the NWC and ending it with a game against Whitworth. Take away the first SCIAC weekend with CMS and they get Cal Lu and Redlands. Pretty solid first 10/13 games. Kudos for bringing Linfield down for 3 as well.
Redlands- Very good opening slate in the AZ tourney then straight into a SCIAC series with La Verne. Redlands gets a break with Cal Tech but gets after it right away with CLU and Pomona in back-to-back weekends. Very tough start of the year.
Whittier- Decent trip to AZ but it gets easier over the next few weeks. The schedule is pretty back-loaded and could mean another long year for Whittier.
La Verne- Similar to Whittier with a decent trip to AZ but straight back to the SCIAC with Redlands and Chapman. If they can manage the first weeks of the SCIAC they could be on their way to a repeat. *Anyone know anything about their home field situation?
Oxy- I am sure the schedule is atypo but 6 games in 2 days to open up with??? What makes it worse is they are with Austin College. Sorry, but Oxy is trying to step up their game but a schedule starting with Austin and La Sierra is terrible. After likely getting beat by Chapman in 3 games Oxy has CMS and Cal Tech. Oxy can not afford to slip up at all during the first part of the season. I am intrigued by this team after what they did last year but the schedule needs major improvement.
Chapman- I LOVE the opening weekend with Trinity and regardless of it being non-conference it is a HUGE weekend for both squads. I am not a fan of the NAIA games but understand they are fairly close so no huge deal. SCIAC starts with Oxy, ULV and CLU which makes for a very competitive first part of the schedule. I also like the trip to TX in the middle of the season.
CMS- not a fan of the NAIA game to open up with but I think it's pretty traditional for CMS to do so. Whitman is pretty terrible but CMS makes their schedule a lot better with Pacific down for 3 in the middle of the season. Not too bad at all.
CLU- WOW! Whitworth, George Fox, Pomona, Chapman, Redlands all in a row is brutal. This kind of schedule could either be really good for them in the growth it can produce or it could knock them down real fast.
I am a little confused how the scheduling works with the 4 games at the end of the year but I honestly believe the SCIAC is a 2-bid league this year. Less out of region games screws the East Coast schools that usually travel out but it helps the SCIAC for sure.