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ArenaFan staff makes its 2015 Arena Football League predictions

Adam Markowitz
Wednesday March 25, 2015

Think you know enough about the Arena Football League to predict the winner of every single game over the course of the season right now? Our staff of experts took their best aim at it with our new Pick 'Em Game, which will not only allow you to make your pick on every single game this season, but give you a projection of how you see the final standings shaping up when the dust settles on August 8th.

Below, you'll find a compilation of what our ArenaFan staffers believe will happen in the 2015 season. Final standings are an average of the nine ArenaFan-ers who were bold enough to try to predict every game of the year.

American Conference

Eastern Division
Cleveland Gladiators 11-7
Philadelphia Soul 10-8
New Orleans VooDoo 5-13

Southern Division
Jacksonville Sharks 15-3
Orlando Predators 10-8
Tampa Bay Storm 5-13

National Conference

Pacific Division
San Jose SaberCats 15-3
Spokane Shock 6-12
Portland Thunder 5-13

Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 16-2
Los Angeles KISS 7-11
Las Vegas Outlaws 3-15

For those of you wondering how we reached our consensus, here's a listing of who picked your favorite team for their best and worst records so you know who to send your hate mail to.

Arizona Rattlers
Best Projected Record: 17-1 (Brian Beaudry)
Worst Projected Record: 15-3 (Dave Carlson & Adam Markowitz)
Fun Fact: Only seven teams in the history of the AFL have ever won 15 games, and Cleveland's 17-1 record from last season was the best record ever in the history of the league.

Cleveland Gladiators
Best Projected Record: 15-3 (Matt Loeschman)
Worst Projected Record: 7-11 (Adam Markowitz)
Fun Fact: Three of our writers projected the Gladiators to win at least 14 games this season. Only two projected them under .500. The biggest drop for one team from their 2013 record to their 2014 record was San Antonio, which won seven fewer games last season than the year prior.

Jacksonville Sharks
Best Projected Record: 18-0 (Adam Markowitz)
Worst Projected Record: 10-8 (Brian Beaudry)
Fun Fact: Adam is legitimately crazy in making a bold prediction destined to go wrong. But think about the Jacksonville schedule. The Sharks dodge Arizona and get San Jose at home, and their road game with Philadelphia early in the season is on a long week of practice, and the Soul have to play at Spokane the previous week.

Las Vegas Outlaws
Best Projected Record: 5-13 (Griffin Aseltine)
Worst Projected Record: 2-16 (Brian Beaudry & Connor Akeman)
Fun Fact: Last year's KISS won just three games, the fewest for a legitimate expansion team since 2011 when Bossier-Shreveport went just 3-13. The worst record ever for an expansion team in AFL history? The 0-12 '94 Milwaukee Mustangs.

Los Angeles KISS
Best Projected Record: 14-4 (Brian Beaudry)
Worst Projected Record: 3-15 (Connor Akeman)
Fun Fact: No team had a bigger spread of projected wins than the KISS in our projections. Five of our nine writers projected the KISS to win five games or fewer. Three of the other four projected them to win 11 games or more.

New Orleans VooDoo
Best Projected Record: 10-8 (Brian Beaudry)
Worst Projected Record: 2-16 (Dave Carlson & Harrison Brown)
Fun Fact: VooDoo coach Dean Cokinos took Georgia to the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, and he did so with a total of five quarterbacks in the two years throwing at least 100 passes. Only one of the five quarterbacks (RJ Archer) was ever heard from again, and he was never able to post a winning record anywhere else in his career.

Orlando Predators
Best Projected Record: 13-5 (Harrison Brown)
Worst Projected Record: 6-12 (Tim Capper)
Fun Fact: The Predators have only had three losing seasons in their history. Two of the three were since the relaunch of the league. The other was their expansion season.

Philadelphia Soul
Best Projected Record: 12-6 (Tim Capper)
Worst Projected Record: 8-10 (Matt Loeschman)
Fun Fact: Philadelphia was the one team which our writers agreed upon the most in the American Conference, as six of our nine writers had it winning either nine or 10 games. Yet what the writers couldn't agree on was the Soul's finishing position in the Eastern Division. Four of the nine picked them to win the division, including two (Adam Markowitz & Brian Beaudry) to do so with just a .500 record. The other five had the Soul finishing second to Cleveland.

Portland Thunder
Best Projected Record: 9-9 (D.K. White)
Worst Projected Record: 3-15 (Connor Akeman)
Fun Fact: Mike Hohensee was hired as Portland's coach even though he hasn't finished better than 7-11 in any of his last four seasons.

San Jose SaberCats
Best Projected Record: 16-2 (Harrison Brown, Matt Loeschman & Tim Capper)
Worst Projected Record: 13-5 (D.K. White & Connor Akeman)
Fun Fact: This is the 20th season for the SaberCats in the AFL. They have finished with a winning percentage of at least .625 in 12 of their first 19 campaigns.

Spokane Shock
Best Projected Record: 11-7 (D.K. White & Connor Akeman)
Worst Projected Record: 3-15 (Adam Markowitz)
Fun Fact: The two teams which Adam projected to be the worst in the AFL last season, Cleveland and Orlando, ended up playing against each other in the National Conference Championship Game.

Tampa Bay Storm
Best Projected Record: 9-9 (Connor Akeman)
Worst Projected Record: 2-16 (Harrison Brown & Matt Loeschman)
Fun Fact: Tim Marcum's Storm went 140-77 (.645 winning percentage). All other coaches in Storm history have gone just 66-55 (.545 winning percentage).

Adam Markowitz is an accountant and a freelance sports writer living in Orlando. As a Florida State graduate with degrees in music and history, the garnet and gold will forever be a part of him, but he bleeds the black and red of the Orlando Predators like none other. Adam has been following the AFL since 1991 and has been at well over 200 games, including 16 ArenaBowls. You can follow Adam on Twitter @AFLGuru.
The opinions expressed in the article above are only those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or official stance of ArenaFan Online or its staff, or the Arena Football League, or any AFL or af2 teams.
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