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5A Football Playoff & Tiebreaker Scenarios
Published: 10/17/2016 11:05:16 PM

A look at the playoff and tiebreaker scenarios for all 5A conferences in Idaho.



To see the 5A 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.

5A District 1-2 Inland Empire League

Clinched Playoff Berth
Lewiston Bengals - conference champion, North #1 seed

Still In Contention
Coeur d'Alene Vikings*
Post Falls Trojans*

Eliminated
Lake City Timberwolves

*In contention for 5A at-large berth (see the bottom of this article)

Lewiston has wrapped up the top seed from the conference no matter what happens this week. Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls are both in contention for the final automatic bid from the conference and the state-wide at-large berth.

This week, Lewiston hosts Lake City and Coeur d'Alene plays at Post Falls. Here are the scenarios:

If Coeur d'Alene beats Post Falls
Coeur d'Alene finishes second and takes the North #2 seed, while Post Falls is eligible for the at-large berth.

If Post Falls beats Coeur d'Alene
Post Falls finishes second and takes the North #2 seed, while Coeur d'Alene is eligible for the at-large berth.


5A District 3 Southern Idaho Conference - West Pod A

Total berths to the state tournament: three.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Capital Eagles
Mountain View Mavericks

Still In Contention
Meridian Warriors
Boise Braves
Columbia Wildcats

Eliminated
Nampa Bulldogs

Capital and Mountain View have assured themselves of a trip to the postseason with the two top seeds from the pod, although their seeding order is yet to be determined. Meridian, Boise, and Columbia are in the running for the final berth from the pod.

This week, Capital hosts Mountain View, Meridian is at Columbia, and Boise is at Nampa. Here are the scenarios:

If Capital beats Mountain View, Meridian beats Columbia, and Boise beats Nampa
Capital finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Mountain View finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, Meridian finishes third and takes the West A #3 seed, with Boise, Columbia, and Nampa being eliminated.

If Capital beats Mountain View, Meridian beats Columbia, and Nampa beats Boise
Capital finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Mountain View finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, Meridian finishes third and takes the West A #3 seed, with Boise, Columbia, and Nampa being eliminated.

If Capital beats Mountain View, Columbia beats Meridian, and Boise beats Nampa
Capital finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Mountain View finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, and there is a 3-way tie for third place between Meridian, Boise, and Columbia, with Nampa being eliminated.

The tiebreaker for those three teams would be a Kansas City Playoff between Columbia, Meridian, and Boise on Monday, October 24th at 6:00 pm at Kuna HS. The winner of the Kansas City Playoff finishes third in the pod and takes the West A #3 seed while the other two schools are eliminated.

If Capital beats Mountain View, Columbia beats Meridian, and Nampa beats Boise
Capital finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Mountain View finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, Columbia finishes third and takes the West A #3 seed, with Meridian, Boise, and Nampa all being eliminated.

If Mountain View beats Capital, Meridian beats Columbia, and Boise beats Nampa
Mountain View finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Capital finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, Meridian finishes third and takes the West A #3 seed, with Boise, Columbia, and Nampa all bring eliminated.

If Mountain View beats Capital, Meridian beats Columbia, and Nampa beats Boise
Mountain View finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Capital finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, Meridian finishes third and takes the West A #3 seed, with Boise, Columbia, and Nampa all bring eliminated.

If Mountain View beats Capital, Columbia beats Meridian, and Boise beats Nampa
Mountain View finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Capital finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, and there is a 3-way tie for third place between Meridian, Boise, and Columbia, with Nampa being eliminated.

The tiebreaker for those three teams would be a Kansas City Playoff between Columbia, Meridian, and Boise on Monday, October 24th at a location to be determined. Winner of the Kansas City Playoff finishes third in the pod and takes the West A #3 seed while the other two schools are eliminated.

If Mountain View beats Capital, Columbia beats Meridian, and Nampa beats Boise
Mountain View finishes first and takes the West A #1 seed, Capital finishes second and takes the West A #2 seed, Columbia finishes third and takes the West A #3 seed, with Boise, Meridian, and Nampa all bring eliminated.


5A District 3 Southern Idaho Conference - West Pod B

Total berths to the state tournament: three

Clinched Playoff Berth
Eagle Mustangs
Rocky Mountain Grizzlies
Borah Lions

Eliminated
Kuna Kavemen*
Timberline Wolves
Centennial Patriots

*In contention for 5A at-large berth (see the bottom of this article)

This one just comes down to a matter of seeding for Eagle, Rocky Mountain, and Borah, who have all clinched trips to the postseason.

This week, Borah hosts Eagle and Rocky Mountain plays at Centennial. Here are the scenarios:

If Eagle beats Borah and Rocky Mountain beats Centennial
Eagle finishes first and takes the West B #1 seed, Rocky Mountain finishes second and takes the West B #2 seed, and Borah finishes third and takes the West B #3 seed.

If Eagle beats Borah and Centennial beats Rocky Mountain
Eagle finishes first and takes the West B #1 seed, Rocky Mountain finishes second and takes the West B #2 seed, and Borah finishes third and takes the West B #3 seed.

If Borah beats Eagle and Centennial beats Rocky Mountain
Borah finishes first and takes the West B #1 seed, Eagle finishes second and takes the West B #2 seed, and Rocky Mountain finishes third and takes the West B #3 seed.

If Borah beats Eagle and Rocky Mountain beats Centennial
Borah, Eagle, and Rocky Mountain tie for first place. The tiebreaker is a 3-way coin flip. A representative from each team flips a coin at the same time. If all three coins come up heads-or-tails, the coins are flipped again. If the coin flips yields 2 heads and a tails or 2 tails and a head, the odd-man out is awarded the top-seed. A coin is then flipped again to determine the remaining two seeds to the state tournament.


5A District 5-6 Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: three.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Highland Rams - conference champion, seed 5-6A
Madison Bobcats - second place, seed 5-6B

Still In Contention
Hillcrest Knights
Rigby Trojans
Bonneville Bees

Highland and Madison are already in, no matter the result of next week's games. However, the battle for the third spot is alive and well. 

Hillcrest hosts Highland and Bonneville plays at Rigby this coming Friday. Here are the scenarios:

If Hillcrest beats Highland and Rigby beats Bonneville
Rigby takes seed 5-6C, Hillcrest and Bonneville are eliminated.

If Highland beats Hillcrest and Rigby beats Bonneville
Rigby takes seed 5-6C, Hillcrest and Bonneville are eliminated.

If Hillcrest beats Highland and Bonneville beats Rigby
Hillcrest takes seed 5-6C, Rigby and Bonneville are eliminated.

If Highland beats Hillcrest and Bonneville beats Rigby.
The 3-way point differential tiebreaker will be implemented (next paragraph down).

Last year, the schools in the conference decided to switch to a point-differential system, with a capped point limit at 13. It means that a 50-point win is the same as a 13-point win - if you win by more than 13 points, it's counted in the tiebreaking procedure as a 13-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. 

Here's what it looks like currently between Hillcrest, Bonneville, and Rigby:

Hillcrest
Beat Bonneville 28-7. Differential: +13
Lost to Rigby 28-14. Differential: -13
Total differential = 0.

Bonneville
Lost to Hillcrest 28-7. Differential: -13
Total differential = -13.
(Bonneville plays Rigby on Oct. 21)

Rigby
Beat Hillcrest 28-14. Differential: +13
Total differential = +13.
(Rigby plays Bonneville on Oct. 21).

What does this all mean? The differential is going to come down to if Bonneville can beat Rigby and by how much. Since the points are capped at 13, Bonneville would need to beat Rigby by at least 13 points. If they do that, Bonneville, Hillcrest and Rigby will remain tied, in which case the three teams would then move to a Kansas City Playoff, which would be played on Monday October 24 at a neutral location. If Bonneville beats Rigby by 12 points or less, Rigby will still head to the postseason as seed 5-6C with Hillcrest and Bonneville staying at home.

5A At-Large Berth

For the second straight year, there is an 'at-large' berth available to the postseason in the 5A classification. This berth is available to the fourth place finishing teams out of the East, West Pod A, and West Pod B and the third place finishing team from the North. The criteria for the at-large bid is the best winning percentage of the four potential teams against 'Big School' opponents, which is defined as follows:

1. Idaho 5A schools.
2. Non-Idaho schools with a Grade 9-12 enrollment that is 1,280 students or larger.
3. Non-Idaho schools with a Grade 10-12 enrollment that is 960 students or larger.
(In some states, the state governing board only counts students in three grades as opposed to four, which necessitated the two different distinctions above.)

There are currently only three teams that have the potential to win the at-large bid: Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, and Kuna.

Here is the 'Big schools' record for those three teams:

Coeur d'Alene: 4-3
Post Falls: 3-2
Kuna: 3-3

Kuna is not in contention for any automatic berths from their own conference, however the winner of the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls game will earn the North #2 seed to the state tournament with the other being eligible for the at-large berth.

Coeur d'Alene plays Post Falls this week while Kuna hosts Timberline. Here are the scenarios:

If Post Falls beats Coeur d'Alene and Kuna beats Timberline
Post Falls earns the North #2 seed, Kuna will earn the at-large berth, and Coeur d'Alene will miss the playoffs.

If Post Falls beats Coeur d'Alene and Timberline beats Kuna
Post Falls earns the North #2 seed, Coeur d'Alene will earn the at-large berth, and Kuna will miss the playoffs.

If Coeur d'Alene beats Post Falls and Kuna beats Timberline
Coeur d'Alene earns the North #2 seed, Kuna will earn the at-large berth, and Post Falls will miss the playoffs.

If Coeur d'Alene beats Post Falls and Timberline beats Kuna
Coeur d'Alene earns the North #2 seed, Post Falls will earn the at-large earth, and Kuna will miss the playoffs.




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