Skidmore with the worst overall record of almost every other LL team (only Vassar and RPI with worse records), yet the Thoroughbreds are alone at the top of the conference standings after the first weekend of play. And that 2-0 mark should turn into 4-0 after next weekend's action, making their claim to sole possession of the top spot at least a 3 week affair.
Skidmore, with a few breaks, could just as easily be 8-2 instead of 5-5. They have 3 losses by a total of 5 combined points. They have played the strongest non-conference schedule of all the LL teams which will only benefit them when it gets down to crunch time. Their SOS is currently rated as the 61st toughest schedule out of the 400+ teams in D3. By comparison 6 of the teams in the Liberty League have a strength of schedule rated as follows....206, 290, 308, 335, 379, and 405. Even if you end up with a gaudy overall record, if you don't win the conference's automatic bid, you won't receive an at large bid with an SOS as high as those 6 numbers.
You need to look no further than Union's 2012-13 season...20-6 record, poor SOS, Plattsburgh State, 19-8 record, one of the strongest SOS's in the East Region. The Cardinals got the at large bid out of the East Region that year. It's hard to be more than a one bid league if the teams in the league don't play a stronger schedule. The non-conference portion of a team's schedule is the only area where there is some leeway and more schools need to upgrade the competition they face in those games.