I wonder if the GWOC would pivot for weeks 8-10 if the first 7 weeks go well. I don't understand how a GWOC team would qualify for the playoffs if they go 5-2, which would be good with the depth of the conference this year.

I explained it earlier in this thread but I will do it again. Lets do the minimum total a team can get with a 5-2 record in a closed system like we will have in the GWOC.

So, worst case scenario for a team to go 5-2 would be that the teams would finish like this...

7-0

6-1

5-2* (lost to 7-0 and 6-1 team)

4-3

3-4

2-5

1-6

0-7

Since the GWOC are all D1 (0.65 per win) teams it makes it simple. 5 wins for the 5-2 team gives them 3.25 Level 1 points, now since they did not play 10 games they get an L1 divisor of .7 bring the total to 4.642 divide by typical 10 week schedule.

Now for level 2 points.... the 5-2 team beat everyone below them in the league, that would be 10 L2 victories or 6.5 Level 2 points. Since the 5-2 team's opponents all played 7 games that would make their L2 divisor .49 (7 teams playing 7 games divided by 100). 6.5/.49 = 13.265

4.642 + 13.265 = 17.907

Looking at R2 last year this would get them in the playoffs as an 8th seed and if they were in R4 as a 6th seed.

It is not the best scenario and depending on how other teams in the region schedule it could definitely be a disadvantage but a 5-2 GWOC team can make the playoffs.