NCAA Power Rankings, Preseason Picks
by Bryce Hubner
January 10, 2010
The NCAA ski racing carnival season is finally upon us.
Student athletes across the country have been tuning up for this day since the conclusion of last year's NCAA Championships at Sunday River, Maine. Preparation for the 2009-10 season has already seen NCAA ski racers succeed at every level -- winning USSA races, regional FIS races, Continental Cup races in North America and beyond, and even scoring World Cup points.
Perhaps those early-season results indicate how things will go at the opening races this Monday and Tuesday (January 11 and 12) at the Utah invitational in Park City, Utah -- perhaps not. Either way, we'll bring you the results and update our NCAA Power Rankings every week. Send us your thoughts and comments about the rankings by e-mailing NCAArankings@skiracing.com.
Without further ado, here's a look at our preseason picks:
Colorado (1) Some bad luck during NCAA championships prevented the Buffaloes from winning a national crown, but CU was the country’s fastest team for 90% of the 2009 season. Hosting the championships in 2010, karma dictates they’ll get a member’s bounce or two.
Denver (2) Could be number one, no question, but until the Pioneers start to dominate the RMISA carnival circuit, money’s still on CU to take it all.
Alaska (3) Seeing the Seawolves on the NCAA podium may be hard for traditionalists to imagine, but Alaska proved it’s a contender last year. A little luck at the right time, and a national title lands in Anchorage.
Vermont (4) The Catamounts believe they’ve rounded out their roster in fine form. EISA powerhouses Dartmouth and Middlebury will have something to say about that come carnival time. In the meantime, look for Vermont to improve upon last year’s performance.
New Mexico (5) The Lobos have the best ladies’ alpine squad in the land -- if the rest of the team pulls level, they’re absolute world-beaters.