I see W&L, RMC, HSC & BC (in no particular order) fighting it out for the conference crown next year. I don't think SU, CU, GC or E&H really having a chance other than maybe pulling an upset against the four teams I see as favorites.
I think your gennies will be pretty damn good until the ODAC figures out how to defense that option (don't understand why that is taking so long). I think the last two weeks will define HSC's season with the outcome of those deciding the ODAC winner.
HSC out of conference schedule is easier next year. Huntingdon out, Averett, CNU & Coast Guard in. Don't know anything about CG but I figure they are not as good as HC.
You might be underestimating GC a bit. If they improve half as much in the 12-13 calendar gap as they did in the 11-12 gap, they will be in the mix. The Generals need to show that the option can continue to work at a top tier without Heinsohn, Murray and Vandalov. The first two, especially, were just a deadly combination of down the middle power and outside speed. The backs behind them got good time the last two seasons as W&L had plenty of "garbage time" to blood younger players. My impression, so far, is that there are some options as fast and shifty as Murray, but no one with the power Heinsohn had. There will need to be an up the gut threat and I'm wondering if the big tight end, Alex Evans, who is exceptionally good but mostly wasted since W&L doesn't throw, can be converted to that role.
I'm worried about the ODAC this year. To my early eye, this has all the hallmarks of one of those years where they eat their own in conference and the winner is a 3 or 4 loss team, something like 5-2 conf, 2-1 non conf. HSC should have no problems with CG or Averett. CNU will be interesting as always. The Captains seem like they can get up for Salisbury and Wesley, even if they don't get over the hump, but then drop a few winnable games later on. To be honest, HSC's OOC is uninspiring this year. Maybe the weakest of W&L, R-MC, H-SC grouping.
R-MC has Hopkins at home. That might be the only chance for the ENTIRE CONFERENCE to get on OOC signature win. Centre or F&M could be good (W&L), CNU (HSC) could be good, Hopkins (RMC) probably will be good. Shenandoah has Ferrum, Gallaudette, and CNU, but I don't think that will matter come the end of the season. Haven't seen Catholic, E&H, Guilford, or Bridgewater post a schedule yet, but none of those last three have recently scheduled particularly strong OOC games. Catholic had CMU last year, I don't know if there is a return game scheduled but CMU stands a chance of being the same tier as CNU, Centre, or F&M.
Overall, this will be a very competitive ODAC season, again, with half the conference capable of winning the title but none of those teams probably packing signature wins. Not necessarily a good thing come playoff time...