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  3A State Football Playoff Tiebreakers & Scenarios

A look at the 3A football playoff tiebreaker scenarios for throughout the state of Idaho.

By: Matt Harris
Published: 10/15/2018 12:45:33 AM
 

Follow Matt on Twitter: @IdahoSportsMatt

To see the 3A State Football Tournament bracket, click HERE.

Here is a look at all of the potential playoff and tiebreaker scenarios as we head into the final week of the regular season.

3A District 1 - Intermountain League

Total guaranteed berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Automatic Playoff Berth
Timberlake Tigers - Conference Champion, seed 1A

Still In Contention For Auto Berth
Priest River Spartans*
Kellogg Wildcats*

Eliminated
Bonners Ferry Badgers

*In contention for the At-Large berth. More information on the At-Large berth can be found at the bottom of this article.

Timberlake has already clinched the conference title and the top seed from District 1. They play Bonners Ferry this week, who has been eliminated from state contention. That leaves Priest River vs. Kellogg for the final automatic bid to the state tournament. Here are the scenarios:

1. If Priest River beats Kellogg.

Priest River takes seed 1B and Kellogg is eligible for the At-Large berth.

2. If Kellogg beats Priest River.


Kellogg takes seed 1B and Priest River is eligible for the At-Large berth.


3A District 3 - Snake River Valley Conference

Total guaranteed berths to the state tournament: three.

Clinched Automatic Playoff Berth
Homedale Trojans
Fruitland Grizzlies
Weiser Wolverines

Still In Contention For Auto Berth

None

Eliminated
Parma Panthers*
Payette Pirates

*In contention for the At-Large berth. More information on the At-Large berth can be found at the bottom of this article.

While there are no auto bids remaining, the order in which the teams will be placed on the bracket is still to be determined. The only conference game happening this week is Homedale vs. Weiser. Here are the scenarios:

1. If Homedale beats Weiser.

Homedale takes seed 3A, Fruitland takes seed 3B, Weiser takes seed 3C, and Parma is eligible for the At-Large berth.

2. If Weiser beats Homedale.

There is a 3-way tie for first place between Homedale, Fruitland, and Weiser, with Parma being eligible for the At-Large berth.

The tie is broken using the Azzie point differential system. It takes the point-differential of a team's wins and losses against the teams it is in a tie with and combines them for a tiebreaking differential. There is also a cap of 10 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 10-point win - if you win by more than 10 points, it's counted in the tiebreaking procedure as a 10-point win. The margin of victory/defeat differential from each game between the tied teams is used to figure out which team comes out ahead.

This tiebreaker uses the point differentials taken from the games in which Homedale, Fruitland, and Weiser competed against each other.

Homedale
Beat Fruitland 34-0. Differential: +10 (capped)
Total differential: +10
(Homedale plays Weiser on Oct. 19)

Fruitland
Lost to Homedale 34-0. Differential: -10 (capped)
Beat Weiser 21-14. Differential: +7
Total differential: -3

Weiser
Lost to Fruitland 21-14. Differential: -7
Total differential: -7
(Weiser plays Homedale on Oct. 19)

This tiebreaker will come down to if Weiser can beat Homedale and by how many points.

If Weiser wins by 4 points or less, Weiser's point differential would sit between -6 and -3, Homedale's point differential would sit between +9 and +6, and Fruitland's point differential would remain at -3. In this scenario, Homedale takes seed 3A, Fruitland takes seed 3B, and Weiser takes seed 3C.

If Weiser wins by 5 to 8 points, Weiser's point differential would sit between -2 and +1, Homedale's point differential would sit between +5 and +2, and Fruitland's point differential would remain at -3. In this scenario, Homedale takes seed 3A, Weiser takes seed 3B, and Fruitland takes seed 3C.

If Weiser wins by 9 points or more, Weiser's point differential would sit between +2 and +3, Homedale's point differential would sit between +1 and 0, and Fruitland's point differential would remain at -3. In this scenario, Weiser takes seed 3A, Homedale takes seed 3B, and Fruitland takes seed 3C.


3A District 4 - Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference

Total guaranteed berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Automatic Playoff Berth
Gooding Senators
Kimberly Bulldogs

Still In Contention For Auto Berth
None

Eliminated
Filer Wildcats*
Buhl Indians*

*In contention for the At-Large berth. More information on the At-Large berth can be found at the bottom of this article.

No automatic bids are left in the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference, but there is still a lot to play for. This week's matchups include Gooding vs. Kimberly and Filer vs. Buhl. Here are the scenarios:

1. If Gooding beats Kimberly and Filer beats Buhl.

Gooding takes seed 4A, Kimberly takes seed 4B, Filer is eligible for the At-Large berth and Buhl is eliminated from state contention.

2. If Gooding beats Kimberly and Buhl beats Filer.

Gooding takes seed 4A, Kimberly takes seed 4B, Buhl is eligible for the At-Large berth and Filer is eliminated from state contention.

3. If Kimberly beats Gooding and Filer beats Buhl.

Kimberly takes seed 4A, Gooding takes seed 4B, Filer is eligible for the At-Large berth and Buhl is eliminated from state contention.

4. If Kimberly beats Gooding and Buhl beats Filer.

Kimberly takes seed 4A, Gooding takes seed 4B, Buhl is eligible for the At-Large berth and Filer is eliminated from state contention.


3A District 5 - South East Idaho Conference

Total guaranteed berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Automatic Playoff Berth
Marsh Valley Eagles
American Falls Beavers

Still In Contention For Auto Berth
None

Eliminated
Snake River Panthers*

*In contention for the At-Large berth. More information on the At-Large berth can be found at the bottom of this article.

This week's contest between American Falls and Marsh Valley is the conference championship game and will determine where each team is placed on the 3A state bracket. Snake River, while eliminated from contention for an automatic bid, is still eligible for the At-Large bid regardless of the result of Marsh Valley vs. American Falls. Here are the scenarios.

1. If Marsh Valley beats American Falls.

Marsh Valley takes seed 5A and American Falls takes seed 5B.

2. If American Falls beats Marsh Valley.

American Falls takes seed 5A and Marsh Valley takes seed 5B.


3A District 6 - Mountain Rivers Conference

Total guaranteed berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Automatic Playoff Berth
Sugar-Salem Diggers - Conference Champions, seed 6A.

Still In Contention For Auto Berth
South Fremont Cougars*
Teton Redskins*

Eliminated
None

Sugar-Salem has already wrapped up the district's top seed and the conference title, but there is still one more auto bid available. This week, Teton plays at South Fremont. Here are the scenarios:

1. If South Fremont beats Teton.

South Fremont takes seed 6B and Teton is eligible for the At-Large berth.

2. If Teton beats South Fremont.

Teton takes seed 6B and South Fremont is eligible for the At-Large berth.


At-Large Berth

The 3A At-Large berth this year is determined by the final Idaho RPI ranking of each team. The next best team in each conference that has not secured an automatic berth is eligible for the at-large berth. Of those teams, the team with the highest RPI ranking will earn the bid. 

Below is a listing of teams who have yet to officially clinch a spot in the postseason that are still eligible to earn the at-large berth along with their ranking and RPI score. These rankings and RPI scores include game results through Oct. 15.

Team Ranking RPI Score
South Fremont #6 0.552
Priest River #9 0.517
Teton #10 0.516
Filer #13 0.479
Snake River #14 0.444
Kellogg #15 0.419
Parma #16 0.385
Buhl #17 0.365

The final rankings will be released once all associated results have been compiled, which would be Saturday Oct. 20 or Sunday Oct. 21. Of those teams, whichever one has not clinched an automatic berth, is the next best team in their conference and holds the highest ranking will be awarded the at-large berth.

 


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