Historic comparison: MIVA preseason favorite and end of season champion

The entire season still has to be played, but the MIVA Preseason Poll has been an accurate predictor in recent years of what team will win the conference regular season title.

In four of the last five seasons the team picked to finish in first place in the conference’s preseason coaches poll has end the regular season with at least a share of the MIVA title.


Despite this recent success, the MIVA poll from its inception in 2006 to the 2009 season never accurately predicted the regular season champion.

Loyola was picked to win the conference in the 2015 MIVA preseason coaches poll that was released earlier this week. This was the third time in the last 10 years that the Ramblers finished atop the poll and have won the conference regular season title once in those two previous years.

Check out the differences since 2006 between the MIVA preseason coaches poll favorites of the end of the season conference regular season champions.

2014 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Loyola
End of season MIVA finish: Loyola (first place)
MIVA regular season champions: Loyola
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Loyola (No. 1)

2013 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Lewis
End of season MIVA finish: Lewis (tied for first place)
MIVA regular season champions: Lewis and Loyola
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Lewis (No. 1); Loyola (No. 2)

2012 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Loyola
End of season MIVA finish: Loyola (third place)
MIVA regular season champions: Ohio State
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Ohio State (No. 2)

2011 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Ohio State
End of season MIVA finish: Ohio State (first place)
MIVA regular season champions: Ohio State
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Ohio State (No. 1)

2010 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Ohio State
End of season MIVA finish: Ohio State (first place)
MIVA regular season champions: Ohio State
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Ohio State (No. 1)

2009 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Lewis
End of season MIVA finish: Lewis (second place)
MIVA regular season champions: Ohio State
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Ohio State (No. 3)

2008 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: IPFW
End of season MIVA finish: IPFW (fifth place)
MIVA regular season champions: Ohio State
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Ohio State (No. 2)

2007 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: IPFW
End of season MIVA finish: IPFW (second place)
MIVA regular season champions: Ohio State
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Ohio State (No. 2)

2006 season
Preseason MIVA poll No. 1: Ohio State
End of season MIVA finish: Ohio State (fourth place)
MIVA regular season champions: Loyola
Champions’ MIVA preseason poll ranking: Loyola (No. 3)