Here is the early slate of October weekends for the start of the season:
6th Columbus Day Event Feasterville, PA
12th RMCRHA Regular Season Event #1 Lakewood, CO
13th Regular Season Event Broomall, PA
13th SECRHL Kickoff Weekend Snellville, GA
19th GPCIHL event Ballwin, MO
20th Great Plains Collegiate Inline Hockey League (GPCIHL) Wright City, mo
20th Great Plains Collegiate Inline Hockey League (GPCIHL) St. Peters, MO
20th Regular Season Event Glastonbury, CT
27th Great Plains Collegiate Inline Hockey League (GPCIHL) Ballwin, MO
27th MCRHL Regular Season Event #1 Shelby Township, MI
Early thoughts start with the defending CHAMPS, Bethel University. They seemed like they took care of business this weekend at the SECRHL Kickoff, besides that first bout with FGCU. The GulF Coast looks solid with their addition of Ex-Lindenwood University lion Vinny Cafone, (who is also my early season favorite for the 2012-13 MVP.) He posted solid numbers this weekend already banking 8 goals in his first 4 games, including a hat trick to polish off the victory against the defending champs.
The Great Plains kicks off this weekend with a good early season challenge For the fighting Illini. They had a good showing in Chi town, beating Bethel, but are sure to face a much tougher test against Lindenwood. LU hasn't seen the finals in the last 2 nationals now, and are sure to be loaded with talent as in years past.
Out in the west I really like the roster down there at Arizona State. They sound like they might be able to make another great appearance at Nationals. (They stand as my prediction to be the runner-up to LU in the finals this year). It remains in question who will really come out strong from the WCRHL though, new roster additions in Long Beach could have them back on top again, and I'm sure UNLV will be another strong team with Barendt in net.
The East coast is the division i know least about and always seems like a toss up, but West Chester with Grossman and Lucente leading the charge, are most likely going to handle the division.
Let's get the predictions and thoughts going around here though, good luck to all the teams across the nation, College Roller has officially began.