2A League Breakdown

If The Football Playoffs Started Today, Playoff Projections Week 8 Class 2A

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If The Football Playoffs Started Today, Playoff Projections Week 8 Class 2A

Every game now starts to matter as the RPI is starting to Eliminate teams from the playoff hunt.  More than likely if you are not in the Top 28 you are probably eliminated.  Granted that may not be true if you upset a Top team.  Most teams have 3 games left and winning is the only thing you can control.

http://chsaanow.com/rpi/football/ Official CHSAA Webpage for RPI

https://chsaanow.com/2018-10-10/heres-how-football-teams-will-qualify-for-the-postseason-and-be-seeded/  CHSAA Link to how teams qualify it’s basically what I wrote out in this article but from CHSAA.  (I coped straight from the Bulletin).

Note:  Win! Take care of business and you will get in!

Playoffs (Straight from Chsaanow.com): The Top 16 teams in the Classification based on the final RPI rankings will be placed into the post-season bracket.  If a conference champion is not ranked in the Top 16 based on RPI rankings, they will replace the lowest ranked team that is not a conference champion in the Top 16.

Seeding Criteria (once qualifiers are determined)

  • The following criteria will be taken into consideration when seeding bracket, in no particular order: geography, RPI, common opponents, strength of schedule, and head to head competition
  • A conference champion in the Top-10 of the seeded playoff bracket will host a first round game, unless they are playing another league champion. Once seeded, the seeds of the team will not change regardless of who hosts the game.
  • A conference champion not ranked in the top 10 of the seeded playoff bracket will be placed in the bracket but will not host a first round game.
  • A conference champion not ranked in the Top 16 of the final RPI rankings will be placed in the bracket, but will not be guaranteed a top 10 seed and will not be guaranteed to host a first round game.
  • Conference opponents will not be paired against one another in the first round.
  • Geography will be consideration in the first round

Seeding Procedure

  • Conference champions that are ranked in the top 16 of the RPI rankings are placed on the board for consideration.
  • The seeding committee will determine the #1 overall seed and place that team on the bracket. The #2 team for the same conference as the #1 overall seed will then be placed on the board for consideration.  The seeding committee will then determine the #2 overall seed and place that team on the bracket.  The #2 team from the same conference s the #2 overall seed will then be placed on the board for consideration.  This process followed until all 16 teams are seeded.

League Champions ()= RPI

Colorado League: Kent Denver (10)

Flatirons League: Faith Christian (17) (Could not host according to rules)

Intermountain League: Bayfield (2)

Patriot East League: Platte Valley (7)

Patriot West League: Resurrection Christian (6)

Tri-Peaks League: La Junta (3)

Western Slope League: Basalt (1)

Host First Round Game

Basalt, Bayfield, La Junta, Rifle, Resurrection Christian, Eaton, Platte Valley, Kent Denver

Note: Due to the new rules Eaton cannot be placed on the bracket until their league champion is placed.  Due to that rule Resurrection Christian will have the #5 seed and Eaton will have the #6 seed.  Faith Christian will not host a 1st round game due to being outside the Top 10 and any team from that league may be placed ahead of Faith Christian due to not being in the Top 16.

At Large Berths/Will travel in first round

Salida, Delta, Pagosa Springs, D’Evelyn, Berthoud, Aspen, Montezuma-Cortez, Faith Christian

First Four Out

Middle Park, Alamosa, Montezuma-Cortez, The Academy

First Round Matchups

  1. Basalt vs 16. Faith Christian
  2. Bayfield vs 15. Aspen
  3. La Junta vs 14. Montezuma-Cortez
  4. Rifle vs 13. Berthoud
  5. Resurrection Christian vs 12. D’Evelyn
  6. Eaton vs 11. Pagosa Springs
  7. Platte Valley vs 10. Delta
  8. Kent Denver vs 9. Salida

Note: After this week most teams will have 2 games left and we should be able to start eliminating teams from playoff contention.

* Seeding a 16-team bracket based on their seeding rules which states you must place the league champion before the #2 team.  If I am reading this wrong let me know.  I believe they changed this to make the league championship worth more.

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