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Class 1A League Predictions Update Week 9

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Class 1A League Predictions Update Week 9

I cannot believe we are 8 weeks through the regular season already.  We are down to the final 2 weeks and its crunch time for many teams trying to reach the playoffs and to win league titles.  The last two weeks of the season should have plenty to play for.  I will have my Playoff Predictions and Projection sin a separate article.

Foothills

My guess is only the league champion gets into the playoffs from this league!

Bennett

Bennett kept their league title hopes alive beating Jefferson 27-6 last week to set up the league title match up with Platte Canyon.  Bennett will travel to face Platte Canyon and should be a good matchup.  Bennett will need to be physical on both sides of the ball and control the line of scrimmage to win this game.  If Bennett beats Platte Canyon, they win the league title.  If Bennett loses, they can still have hope to force a tie with Manual facing Platte Canyon in the final game.

Platte Canyon

Platte Canyon won their 3rd straight game beating Clear Creek 22-0.  Platte Canyon improved to 4-3 on the season and set up the league title matchup with Bennett, to an extent.  Platte Canyon will have to play physical football this week and must have their leaders really step up. Platte Canyon cannot win the league title this week.  Platte Canyon must still face Manual in the final game and next week they can lock up the league title if they beat Bennett this week.  If Platte Canyon loses to Bennett they are eliminated from the playoff hunt and same with Manual.

Manual

Manual playoff hopes were hurt a bit losing to Bennett.  Manual best hope now is to force a tie for first place.  Manual needs Platte Canyon to beat Bennett then Manual must beat Platte Canyon to force a tie.  Like I have said only the league champion is going to get into the playoffs.

In the Playoff Hunt (Will need the league title)

Platte Canyon, Bennett, Manual

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Jefferson, Clear Creek, Sheridan

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#16 Bennett, #25 Platte Canyon, #26 Manual, #34 Clear Creek, #35 Jefferson, #37 Sheridan

North Central

Limon

Limon improved to 7-0 overall on the season beating Wray 41-0 and now are just 1 win away from locking up the North Central League title.  Limon this week will travel to face Holyoke.  Limon with a win over Holyoke lock up the league title and the automatic berth.  Limon is also in the hunt for a top 2 seed in the playoffs.  Limon has the #2 RPI and is already a lock for the playoffs.

Holyoke

Holyoke improved to 5-2 on the season picking up the huge 41-26 win over Wiggins.  Holyoke secured their spot in the playoffs with that win, but an upset of Limon would be huge for playoff seeding.  Holyoke is in the hunt for a top 8 seed and probably need to win their final game against Yuma to do so. Holyoke sit at #9 in the RPI but in my eyes are a lock for the playoffs.

Wray

Wray dropped to 5-2 overall and now sit a game behind Limon for the league title race in the North Central League.  Wray fell to Limon 41-0 and now look to bounce back this week when they travel to rival Yuma.  Wray hope to keep a top 6 seed in the playoffs and winning out will be the only way to do so.  Wray is sitting at #4 in the RPI and are a lock for the playoffs.

Yuma

Yuma improved to 4-3 on the season and kept their playoff hopes alive picking up the 10-9 win over Burlington.  This game was decided by a late FG to give Yuma a huge win.  Yuma are still on the bubble at #13 and this week host rival Wray.  Yuma end the season against Holyoke and Yuma might need a win to stay inside the top 14 and make the playoffs. 

Wiggins

Wiggins dropped to 5-2 on the season falling to Holyoke 41-26.  Wiggins will look to bounce back and stay in the hunt for a top 8 seed when they travel to face Burlington.  Wiggins cannot drop this game to Burlington and stay inside the top 8.  Burlington will be play desperate as they need a quality win so Wiggins cannot overlook Burlington.  Wiggins sit at #7 in the RPI and are a lock for the playoffs but a loss to Burlington could push them onto the bubble.

Burlington

Burlington dropped to 2-5 overall losing to Yuma 10-9.  Burlington came up just short in that game and now need an upset of either Wiggins or Wray if not both to get into the playoffs.  Burlington will be playing desperate and when they are doing that could pull an upset off.  Burlington RPI dropped to #21 so they need a win or two to get into the playoffs.

Lock for the Playoffs

Limon, Wray, Holyoke, Wiggins

In the Playoff Hunt

Yuma, Burlington

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

None

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#2 Limon, #4 Wray, #7 Wiggins, #9 Holyoke, #13 Yuma, #21 Burlington

Northern League

Strasburg

Strasburg is my pick to win the Northern League.  Strasburg is coming off a bye last week.  Strasburg cannot lock up the league title till they face Flatirons Academy on 10/29.  Strasburg this week will host Estes Park.  Strasburg cannot overlook Estes Park as they have played tough against both Highland and Flatirons Academy.  Strasburg sits at #8 in the RPI.

Highland

Highland improved to 5-3 on the season and are coming off a 49-28 win over Estes Park.  Highland got their offense going and were able to outscore Estes Park.  Highland will play their final game of the season this week against Prospect Ridge.  Highland will then hope their RPI is high enough to avoid being jumped.  Highland cannot lose to Prospect Ridge and get into the playoffs.  Highland sits at #12 in the RPI and are only .012 ahead of the #14 team and .039 ahead of league rival Flatirons Academy who sits at #15. 

Flatirons Academy

Flatirons Academy improved to 5-2 on the season defeating Prospect Ridge 50-8.  Flatirons Academy this week travel to face Del Norte in a must win game.  Flatirons Academy sit at #15 in the RPI, and you probably need to be inside the top 14 to get into the playoffs.  This game won’t do a ton for Flatirons Academy RPI, but they cannot drop this game to Del Norte.  Flatirons Academy will face Strasburg in the final game of the season and could be to get into the playoffs or not.

In the Playoff Hunt

Strasburg, Highland, Flatirons Academy

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Estes Park, Prospect Ridge

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#8 Strasburg, #12 Highland, #15 Flatirons Academy, #28 Estes Park, #32 Prospect Ridge

Santa Fe League

The Santa Fe League is another league that could get just the league champion into playoffs.

Banning Lewis

Banning Lewis is my pick to win the Santa Fe League.  Banning Lewis had a bye last week to prepare for the league title matchup against Peyton this week.  Banning Lewis will host Peyton on Saturday night and will be for the league title and the only team from the Santa Fe League to get in.  Banning Lewis with a win wins the league title and the automatic berth.

Peyton

Peyton moved back into the win column last week defeating Rocky Ford 44-6.  Peyton now face Banning Lewis, and this is for the league title.  Winner gets into the playoffs and loser is left outside the playoffs.  Peyton is not the favorite in this game.  This should be a good game between two teams desperate to get into the playoffs.

In the Playoff Hunt

Peyton, Banning Lewis

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Rocky Ford, Trinidad

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#18 Peyton, #19 Banning Lewis, #30 Trinidad, #31 Rocky Ford

Southern Peaks

Centauri

Centauri is still my pick to win the Southern Peaks League.  Centauri improved to 6-0 on the season blasting Northfield 41-12.  Centauri built the 41-point lead before halftime and held Northfield scoreless in the first half.  Centauri was supposed to play Ignacio this week, but Ignacio has forfeited the game.  Centauri will improve to 7-0 on the season and will face Monte Vista for the league title next week.  Centauri sit at #1 in the RPI and in the hunt for a top 2 seed in the playoffs.

Monte Vista

Monte Vista improved to 5-2 on the season defeating Ignacio 42-6.  Monte Vista had a huge 1st quarter scoring 42 and being able to rest their starters the remainder of the game.  Monte Vista keeps their playoff hopes alive and saw their RPI improve to #14.  Monte Vista this week travel to face rival Center.  Once again this is a must win for Monte Vista as they battle for one of the final spots in the playoffs.

Center

Center improved to 3-4 on the season after the hard fought 13-6 win over Del Norte last week.  Center playoff hopes stay alive but just barely.  Center must win out which includes upsetting both Monte Vista and Meeker in the next two weeks.  This week Center hosts rival Monte Vista and is a huge game for both teams.  Center sit at #24 in the RPI so winning out is their only hope.

Ignacio

Ignacio has been eliminated from the playoff hunt.  They sit at #22 in the RPI but I don’t think a win over Del Norte in the final game of the season will be enough to jump from #22 to #14.

Lock for the Playoffs

Centauri

In the Playoff Hunt

Monte Vista, Center

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Ignacio, Del Norte

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#1 Centauri, #14 Monte Vista, #22 Ignacio, #24 Center, #29 Del Norte

Tri-Peaks

Florence

Florence is my pick to win the Tri-Peaks.  Florence had a bye last week to prepare for their huge league clash with Buena Vista this week.  Florence will look to take control of the Tri-Peaks league with a win over Buena Vista.  Florence cannot win the league title outright till they face C.S Christian next week or C.S Christian lose this week.  Florence will be facing a dual threat QB, and this will probably be a very physical football game.  Florence can probably lock up a top 5 seed with a win over Buena Vista.  Florence vs Buena Vista must be one of the best 1A game this week.  Florence sits at #6 in the RPI and is a lock for the playoffs.

Buena Vista

Buena Vista kept pace with Florence for first place defeating C.S Christian 49-12.  Buena Vista will host Florence this week and home field advantage could be important in this game.  This is the final game for Buena Vista this season.  If Buena Vista beats Florence they are the Tri-Peaks league champion and a possible top 4 seed.  Buena Vista will have to get their offense going against one of the best defenses in Class 1A.  Buena Vista sit at #3 in the RPI and are a lock for the playoffs.

C.S Christian

C.S Christian currently sit at 2-4 overall and #17 in the RPI.  C.S Christian will be desperate this week when they host Rye.  C.S Christian needs wins to help their RPI out and a win over Rye could be huge for their RPI.  C.S Christian may also need an upset of Florence to jump into the #14 spot.  C.S Christian must first take care of business this week against Rye a loss to Rye eliminated them from the playoffs.

Rye

Rye improved to 4-4 overall coming off a 55-12 win over Trinidad.  Rye sits at #20 in the RPI, and I am not sure if a win over C.S Christian is enough to jump into the top 15.  Regardless Rye needs this win to at least give them a shot at the playoffs.  Both teams will be playing desperate in this game.

Lock for the Playoffs

Buena Vista, Florence

In the Playoff Hunt

Rye, C.S Christian

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

None

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#3 Buena Vista, #6 Florence, #17 C.S Christian, #20 Rye

Western Slope

Meeker

Meeker is your Western Slope League Champion and have secured 1 of the 2 automatic berths the Western Slope League gets.  Meeker will travel to Olathe this week and Center in the final week.  Meeker hopes to keep improving their seed and stay inside the top 8 for the playoffs.  Meeker currently sit at #5 in the RPI.

North Fork

North Fork is my pick to lock up the second automatic berth, but they don’t face Gunnison for that spot till next week.  North Fork this week host Cedaredge.  North Fork improved to 5-2 on the season defeating Roaring Fork 54-6.  North Fork sit at #11 in the RPI and still on the bubble so winning out must be the key for North Fork going forward. 

Gunnison

Gunnison lost their first game of the season to Meeker 28-12 last week.  Gunnison has improved a ton this season and hope to lock up a playoff spot.  Gunnison this week travel to face Roaring Fork.  The game that everyone will be watching is next week when they travel to face North Fork.  Gunnison still is not a lock for the playoff especially with their OWP being below .450.  Gunnison sit at #10 in the RPI and very much on the bubble.

Lock for the Playoffs

Meeker (League Champion)

In the Playoff Hunt

Gunnison, North Fork

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Grand Valley, Cedaredge, Olathe, Roaring Fork

RPI Standings (As of 10/21)

#5 Meeker, #10 Gunnison, #11 North Fork, #23 Grand Valley, #27 Cedaredge, #31 Roaring Fork, #36 Olathe