Missouri braces for new playoff system

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has revamped its football playoff form.

This is the second time since 2008 that the football playoff system has been tweaked.

The new format features a nine-game regular season slate and eight team districts. The district alignments are still based on the geographic location of each school.

Where the system gets tricky is the method by which teams are seeded within each district. Because schools are now responsible for scheduling all nine regular season games, it is possible that a team may not play a district opponent all season.

A point system

The teams will be seeded based on a four-tier point system from highest to lowest. The points are awarded based on the result of the game (win/loss/tie), class of the school played, strength of schedule and point differential.

Points for a win,

tie or loss

The amount of points given for game results is simple. Your team is given points for the outcome of the game; 20 points for a win, 10 points for a loss and 15 points for an overtime loss. To get a total, you add the total amount of points and divide by the number of games played. For example, if Team A went 8-1 they would receive 18.89 points (170/9=18.8888889).

Points for playing up or down a Class

The amount of points is awarded on class size of a team's opponent. A team is given 10 points per class that they play up. So, if Team A is a Class 3 school and played two Class 4 schools and two Class 5 schools they receive 20 and 40 points respectively for those games, adding up to 60 points. To get a total you would divide the total amount of points by the total amount of games played. In this instance, Team A would receive 6.67 points (60/9=6.67). Schools are not penalized for playing smaller classes.

Points for strength of schedule

To get a total here, you add up the total wins and losses of all the teams on your schedule, multiply based on the result (20 points for a win, 10 for a loss, 15 for an overtime loss) and divide by the total amount of games played (81). You then subtract your school's games and point total from the equation. If Team A's record is 8-1 and the total combined record of their opponents is 40-41 the math would go as follows:

* Total Wins: 40 x 20=800

* Total Losses: 41 x 10= 410

* Team A's points: 170

* Total points: 1210-170= 1040

* Opponents' games played: 81

* Team A's games played: 9

* Total games played: 72

To get the total, you would then divide the total points divided by total games played. Team A would receive 14.44 points for strength of schedule (1040/72=14.44).

Points for game score differential

The final cog in the scoring system is the point differential. This remains unchanged from MSHSAA's previous format. To get the total point differential you would add the result of each game and divide by the number of games played. NOTE: Differentials may not exceed +/- 13 points in a given game.

Finally, you would add all the points from the four areas to get your school's total. Teams are seeded from the highest to lowest in terms of points.

On Monday, MSHSAA released its first glimpse of the district scoring.

Class 3, District 4

SeedSchool Points
3.Mt. Vernon33
4.Reeds Spring26
6.East Newton1

Class 1, District 2

SeedSchool Points
1. Miller33
2. Pierce City33
3. Greenfield26
4. Liberal18
5. McAuley 8
6. Lockwood4
7. Marionville-3
8. Jasper-3
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