Oh, is this why you play 10 games or what?
After nine weeks, the Cleveland area has a pretty good idea who will be in the state playoffs in Region 1, but its anyone’s guess who will be playing who….
If the season ended today… The state playoff parings would look like this based on computer points:
- (8) Boardman at (1) Mentor
- (5) Cleveland Hts. at (4) St. Edward
- (7) Cleveland JFK at (2) Solon
- (6) Willoughby South at (3) St. Ignatius
What are computer points?… Computer points are broken down into two categories. Primary points are acheived by winning games. Secondary points are acheived by the teams you have beaten winning games. Defeating teams within your own division (Division 1 vs Division 1) maximizes your computer points.
For a list of the current playoff seeds, click here
What is Max Avg. and Min Avg?… The maximum and minimum averages (see here) are all based on previous opponets results. The max average is calculated by assuming all teams you have beaten during the year WIN their last game. The minimum average is calculated by assuming all teams you have beaten during the year LOSE their last game. Because all teams you have beaten will probably not all win or all lose, the final computer point figure will lie somewhere in between the maximum and minimum averages…
Here is where the confusion starts… Where it gets tricky is in the Week 10 matchups, the last game of the regular season. Number three St. Ignatius plays number four St. Edward. Since both teams have beaten quality teams, the winner of that game will end up being the number two seed in the region, based on the number of secondary points that will be rewarded. Number five Cleveland Hts. plays undefeated, albeit Division II Maple Hts. A Cleveland Hts. win should allow them to leap a spot or two, depending if their previous opponets win or lose, and secondary points gained through defeating Maple Hts.
Potential winners in playoff positioning… The top four seeds in each region play the first round games on their home field, so there is much to play for. Teams with the most to gain are the following: The Ignatius-Ed’s winner..the winner of this game locks up the number two seed in the region and avoids having to play the state’s top ranked team in Mentor until the regional final. Cleveland Hts..By defeating Maple Hts, they can improve their playoff seed, considering that one of the teams above them (Ignatius or Ed’s) is going to lose. Willoughby South.. The Rebels play current number nine seed Eastlake North, so winning that game will help in maybe picking up a seed or two, based on the secondary points they will gain from Eastlake North.
Potential losers in playoff positioning… Solon..through no fault of their own. The Comets finish the season with 1-9 Strongsville. To pick up any secondary points, Solon must hope for the only opponet Strongsville has beaten, 0-9 Valley Forge, wins, along with a clean sweep of wins by teams they have defeated. Solon will drop to third, and can go as low as fifth, although most likely will finish third or fourth, based on the outcomes of the Cleveland Hts. and Willoughby South games.
Confused yet?…Trying to solve the mystery of projecting final playoff seeding is kind of like trying to solve an old Rubik’s Cube. Easiest way to figure it out for your team is in two steps. First, your team wins. Second, each team that you defeated during the year, check their score and hope they won.
Week 10 should make for some exciting football, with state playoff berths, and first round home games at stake.