Fantastic conference with some great rivalries. This coming fall should be exciting as usual.
Any big developments for this coming season?
Should be interesting between NAU and SUU. I would give NAU the nod as the favorites (defending national champs) but I think SUU has a VERY good chance at winning their second-ever title with Mike Tate back in the mix and running 13:34 this spring. It will be very interesting to see how NAU transitions from Heins to Smith.
What about the next tier? Montana St redshirted tons of guys last year so don't be surprised by them if they are a solid #3 in October. How about the Weber/Idaho State/Idaho grouping? Anybody going to shake that up?
Biggest news here is Alyssa Snyder leaving Montana St for Utah St. That's a massive blow and obviously takes the individual favorite out of the running. Many of the top individuals are gone this fall so we should see some new faces up front. On the team side I could see NAU's women winning this over Weber but you never know how summer goes and who ends up on the roster. Montana's women have made some huge improvements over the past year or two, will they be a factor up front? Anybody else have a chance to be top 3?