Three weeks remain in the 2019 Michigan high school football regular season. (Mike Krebs | MLive.com)
HOW POINTS ARE CALCULATED
On Sunday, Oct. 27, the 256-team field for the 2019 11-player Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs will be announced.
Teams that win six times in a nine-game schedule automatically make the playoffs. Teams that win five times in an eight-game schedule automatically qualify as well. If there are not enough automatic qualifiers to fill the 256-team field, 5-4 teams will be added proportionally to each of the four classes (A, B, C and D).
Once the 256-team field is filled, then it will be divided into eight, 32-team divisions (1-8) based upon enrollment.
Playoff point averages determine which 5-4 teams make the field, if there's room, and they also determine home-field advantage in the first three rounds.
Playoff point averages are determined by the total number of points earned, including bonus points, for all games played, divided by the number of games played. Eighty points are awarded for beating a Class A team, 64 for beating a Class B team, 48 for beating a Class C team and 32 for beating a Class D team.
Eight bonus points are earned for each game one of the opponents you defeated wins. So, if Team A beats Team B, and Team B ends up winning eight games, Team A earns 64 bonus points.
One bonus point is awarded when an opponent which defeated you, wins. However, no points are awarded for your defeat to said opponent. So, for instance, if Team loses to Team B, and Team B wins eight games, then Team A gets seven bonus points.
What we're doing in this slideshow is laying out the top 32 teams in each division based upon playoff point averages. The division projections here are based on those calculated by Snooze 2 You, with permission. The well-known website releases a weekly Mapetology that predicts entire divisional brackets in detail, down to the district openers and game sites.
The 32 teams listed in each of the projected divisions here are the 32 with the highest playoff point averages in each division.
Keep in mind that the current playoff point averages can and likely will change in each of the final three weeks. There is a lot of room for movement.
Teams are listed below with their records and playoff-point averages after six weeks.
The postseason will get underway Nov. 1-2 at various sites around the state for both 11-man and 8-man football. In the 8-man divisions, only the top 16 teams make the playoffs.