With a new structure to the BUCS American Football league, the North West division is very much open with none of the current teams making last seasons championship play-offs.
The two front runners for the conference title will be LJMU Fury and UCLAN Rams, being the only teams to finish the 2013/14 season with winning records. Liverpool John Moore finished the season 6-2, just falling short of qualifying for the championship playoffs. Meanwhile UCLAN Rams finished the season 5-3, just failing to qualify to for the second tier playoffs. LJMU will be the clear favourites however, as they would have finished top of the North West conference under the current structure.
The Dark horses for the conference this year are likely to be MMU, Lancaster Bombers and Bangor Muddogs, who all finished last season 3-5. All have worked hard in the offseason on the pitch and off it, determined to get back to .500 or over records. All will be looking to spring a surprise over UCLAN and LJMU and potentially claiming the conference title.
The teams set to struggle most will be Keele University and Manchester Tyrants who both finished last season winless with 0-7 records. Both have recruited hard in the offseason however, hoping to respond with a few wins this season. Elsewhere Staffordshire and Aberystwyth University’s are expected to be mid table yet again.