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Wrapping Up the CCHA

The CCHA finished their regular season this weekend. The league, as usual, was unpredictable. Here's a look at the final standings, along with a look at some of the preseason projections.

Final CCHA Standings

1. Notre Dame
2. Michigan
3. Miami
4. Michigan State
5. Nebraska-Omaha
6. Western Michigan
7. Ohio State
8. Lake Superior
9. Ferris State
10. Northern Michigan
11. Alaska
12. Bowling Green

And now for the ugly stuff. Here's at look at some of the preseason predictions. In parenthesis, I'll have how many spots higher or lower the team actually finished. For example, if a team finished 3 spots higher than predicted, it will say (+3), if they finished three spots lower, it will say (-3).

Western College Hockey's Predictions

1. Michigan State(-3)
2. Lake Superior(-6)
3. Michigan(+1)
4. Miami(+1)
5. Notre Dame(+4)
6. Northern Michigan(-4)
7. Alaska(-4)
8. Nebraska-Omaha(+3)
9. Ohio State(+2)
10. Ferris State(+1)
11. Bowling Green(-1)
12. Western Michigan(+6)

Total deviation: 36

INCH's Preseason Picks

1. Michigan(-1)
2. Michigan State(-2)
3. Miami(E)
4. Northern Michigan(-6)
5. Ohio State(-2)
6. Nebraska-Omaha(+1)
7. Notre Dame(+6)
8. Ferris State(-1)
9. Lake Superior(+1)
10. Alaska(E)
11. Western Michigan(+5)
12. Bowling Green(E)

Total Deviation: 25

CCHA Coaches Poll

1. Michigan State(-3)
2. Michigan(E)
3. Miami(E)
4. Ohio State(-3)
5. Nebraska-Omaha(E)
6. Notre Dame(+5)
7. Alaska(-3)
8. Northern Michigan(-2)
9. Ferris State(E)
10. Lake Superior(+2)
11. Bowling Green(-1)
12. Western Michigan(+6)

Total Deviation: 25

CCHA Media Poll

1. Michigan(-1)
2. Michigan State(-2)
3. Miami(E)
4. Northern Michigan(-6)
5. Nebraska-Omaha(E)
6. Ohio State(-1)
7. Ferris State(-2)
8. Notre Dame(+7)
9. Alaska(-2)
10. Lake Superior(+2)
11. Bowling Green(-1)
12. Western Michigan(+6)

Total Deviation: 30

Yeesh, I sucked. It does give a nice indication of some general trends in the league, though. Notre Dame and Western Michigan both seem to have exceeded everyone's expectations, while teams like Northern Michigan and Michigan State did not meet expectations.