While there is some wiggle room in who advances to the women’s DI club playoffs, the majority of the field is set.
CR1 has been decided – ORSU and Seattle are taking the region’s two seeds to Atlanta in two weeks. ORSU does have a final game against Nor Cal Triple Threat at home, but even if they lose, the top seed is still theirs. Nor Cal's in third place, but even an unexpected bonus-point win won't be enough to overcome Seattle's 24 points.
In CR2, Chicago North Shore and Detroit are guaranteed spots at the Elite 8. They’re tied on points, and the reigning champ has one more game against Chicago to secure the top seed overall. North Shore is highly favored, which means the real race is for the third seed between Chicago and Austin.
Chicago has 13 points, Austin has eight. This weekend, the Texas side will play the Minnesota Valkyries, who have given up big scores to opponents this season. If Chicago loses, and Austin gets a bonus-point win to beat the point differential, then the Valks could take third. It’s not likely, but it’s also not impossible.
But the most exciting race will boil down to the third seed in CR3. With a win against the Village Lions this weekend, Atlanta will lock up first; while NOVA is favored to beat Providence on the road and take second. Philadelphia and Boston currently sit in third and fourth places, tied on points. The point differential doesn’t matter, as the two teams will play each other on Saturday and determine who moves onto the Elite 8.
Here’s our predictions for the final outcome:
Elite 8 Seeds
1 - CR2 #1 – Chicago North Shore
2 - CR2 #2 - Detroit
3 - CR3 #1 - Atlanta
4 - CR3 #2 - NOVA
5 - CR1 #1 - ORSU
6 - CR2 #3 - Chicago
7 - CR1 #2 - Seattle
8 - CR3 #3 - Philadelphia