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4A Statewide Football Playoff & Tiebreaker Scenarios
Published: 10/15/2017 12:21:18 PM

A look at all of the 2017 football playoff and tiebreaker scenarios for 4A schools.


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

4A District 1-2 Inland Empire League

Total berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Playoff Berth
None

Still In Contention
Lakeland Hawks
Sandpoint Bulldogs
Moscow Bears

Eliminated
None

No team in the 4A IEL has officially clinched a playoff berth yet. That will make this week’s Sandpoint at Moscow game of the utmost importance. Lakeland has completed their conference schedule.

Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Moscow beats Sandpoint

Sandpoint, Lakeland, and Moscow all tie for first place. The league will break the tie via a three-way Kansas City Tiebreaker which will be held on either Saturday, Oct. 21 or Monday, Oct. 23 at a neutral location. The winner of the Kansas City Playoff will finish in first place and take seed 1-2A, the runner-up in the Kansas City Playoff will finish in second place and take seed 1-2B, and the loser of the Kansas City Playoff will be eliminated from postseason contention.

2.    If Sandpoint beats Moscow

Sandpoint finishes in first place and takes seed 1-2A, Lakeland finishes in second place and takes seed 1-2B, and Moscow is eliminated.



4A District 3 Southern Idaho Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: four.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Skyview Hawks
Bishop Kelly Knights
Middleton Vikings

Still In Contention
Emmett Huskies
Ridgevue Warhawks

Eliminated
Vallivue Falcons
Caldwell Cougars
Mountain Home Tigers

Skyview, Bishop Kelly, and Middleton have all clinched playoff berths so far, although we do not know where each team will be seeded as of yet. One spot remains open with Emmett and Ridgevue are in contention for it.

This week, Bishop Kelly plays Skyview, Middleton takes on Mountain Home, Ridgevue faces Emmett, and Caldwell squares off against Vallivue. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Ridgevue is eliminated.

2.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Ridgevue is eliminated.

3.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, and there is a three-way tie for fourth place between Emmett, Vallivue, and Ridgevue.

The three-way 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue competed against each other.

Emmett
Beat Vallivue 38-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Emmett plays Ridgevue this week)

Ridgevue
Lost to Vallivue 55-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Ridgevue plays Emmett this week)

Vallivue
Lost to Emmett 38-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Beat Ridgevue 55-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

In this scenario, Ridgevue would need to win by 14 points or more. If they win by 14 points or more (since the differential is capped at 14), the overall point differentials for Ridgevue, Emmett, and Vallivue would all be zero, leaving all three teams tied again. So, how is the tie broken?

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against either Skyview, Middleton, or Bishop Kelly will be added for each team (depending on which of those three teams takes the top spot, second spot, and third spot).

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Skyview:

Vallivue lost to Skyview 40-28.
Point Differential: -12

Ridgevue lost to Skyview 42-21.
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Skyview 21-20.
Point Differential: -1

In this scenario, if Skyview is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Skyview by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #2: These are the results of the three teams in question against Middleton:

Vallivue lost to Middleton 27-13.
Point Differential: -14

Ridgevue lost to Middleton 38-19.
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Middleton 27-20.
Point Differential: -7

In this scenario, if Middleton is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Middleton by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #3: These are the results of the three teams in question against Bishop Kelly:

Vallivue lost to Bishop Kelly 22-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Ridgevue lost to Bishop Kelly 36-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Bishop Kelly 14-6
Point Differential: -8

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Bishop Kelly by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

In all three sub-scenarios, Emmett would hold the advantage and would advance on to the state tournament as seed 3D.

4.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, Ridgevue finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Emmett is eliminated.

5.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Ridgevue is eliminated.

6.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Ridgevue is eliminated.

7.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, and there is a three-way tie for fourth place between Emmett, Vallivue, and Ridgevue.

The three-way 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue competed against each other.

Emmett
Beat Vallivue 38-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Emmett plays Ridgevue this week)

Ridgevue
Lost to Vallivue 55-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Ridgevue plays Emmett this week)

Vallivue
Lost to Emmett 38-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Beat Ridgevue 55-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

In this scenario, if Ridgevue wins by 13 points or less, they would finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Emmett would finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Vallivue’s total point differential would remain at 0. This would mean that Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue are eliminated.

However, if Ridgevue wins by 14 points or more (since the differential is capped at 14), the overall point differentials for Ridgevue, Emmett, and Vallivue would all be zero, leaving all three teams tied again. So, how is the tie broken?

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against either Skyview, Middleton, or Bishop Kelly will be added for each team (depending on which of those three teams takes the top spot, second spot, and third spot).

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Skyview:

Vallivue lost to Skyview 40-28.
Point Differential: -12

Ridgevue lost to Skyview 42-21.
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Skyview 21-20.
Point Differential: -1

In this scenario, if Skyview is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Skyview by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #2: These are the results of the three teams in question against Middleton:

Vallivue lost to Middleton 27-13.
Point Differential: -14

Ridgevue lost to Middleton 38-19.
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Middleton 27-20.
Point Differential: -7

In this scenario, if Middleton is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Middleton by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #3: These are the results of the three teams in question against Bishop Kelly:

Vallivue lost to Bishop Kelly 22-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Ridgevue lost to Bishop Kelly 36-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Bishop Kelly 14-6
Point Differential: -8

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Bishop Kelly by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

In all three sub-scenarios, Emmett would hold the advantage and would advance on to the state tournament as seed 3D.

8.    If Skyview beats Bishop Kelly, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Skyview finishes in first place and takes seed 3A, Middleton finishes in second place and takes seed 3B, Bishop Kelly finishes in third place and takes seed 3C, Ridgevue finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Emmett is eliminated.

9.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Three-way tie for first place between Bishop Kelly, Skyview, and Middleton. Emmett would finish in fourth place and take seed 3D, and Ridgevue is eliminated.

The three-way 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Bishop Kelly, Middleton, and Skyview competed against each other.

Bishop Kelly
Lost to Middleton 28-6. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Bishop Kelly plays Skyview this week)

Middleton
Beat Bishop Kelly 28-6. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Lost to Skyview 49-21. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

Skyview
Beat Middleton 49-21. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Skyview plays Bishop Kelly this week)

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 13 points or less, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Skyview will finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that Skyview would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B, and Bishop Kelly would finish in third place and take seed 3C.

However, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 14 points or more, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential of 0, Skyview will finish with a total point differential of 0 and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that the three-way tie remains.

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against the remaining teams from the top of the standings on down will be taken into account. The next teams in line would include Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue. The final order in which these teams’ results would be factored in will be determined by the order of the final standings. This means that the tiebreaker will start with the team in the 4A SIC that is in fourth place at the end of the regular season. If that tie is not broken, then it goes to the team in fifth place, then sixth place, etc. Since Emmett ends up being the fourth place team, they become the first team in line to break the tie.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Emmett:

Skyview beat Emmett 21-20.
Point Differential: +1

Bishop Kelly beat Emmett 14-6.
Point Differential: +8

Middleton beat Emmett 27-20.
Point Differential: +7

In this scenario, Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A (since they have the highest point differential), Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B (since they have they second highest point differential), and Skyview would finish in third place and take seed 3C (since they have the lowest point differential).

10.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Three-way tie for first place between Bishop Kelly, Skyview, and Middleton. Emmett would finish in fourth place and take seed 3D, with Ridgevue and Vallivue eliminated.

The three-way 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Bishop Kelly, Middleton, and Skyview competed against each other.

Bishop Kelly
Lost to Middleton 28-6. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Bishop Kelly plays Skyview this week)

Middleton
Beat Bishop Kelly 28-6. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Lost to Skyview 49-21. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

Skyview
Beat Middleton 49-21. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Skyview plays Bishop Kelly this week)

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 13 points or less, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Skyview will finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that Skyview would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B, and Bishop Kelly would finish in third place and take seed 3C.

However, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 14 points or more, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential of 0, Skyview will finish with a total point differential of 0 and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that the three-way tie remains.

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against the remaining teams from the top of the standings on down will be taken into account. The next teams in line would include Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue. The final order in which these teams’ results would be factored in will be determined by the order of the final standings. This means that the tiebreaker will start with the team in the 4A SIC that is in fourth place at the end of the regular season. If that tie is not broken, then it goes to the team in fifth place, then sixth place, etc. Since Emmett finishes fourth in this scenario, they become the first team in line to break the tie.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Emmett:

Skyview beat Emmett 21-20.
Point Differential: +1

Bishop Kelly beat Emmett 14-6.
Point Differential: +8

Middleton beat Emmett 27-20.
Point Differential: +7

In this scenario, Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A (since they have the highest point differential), Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B (since they have they second highest point differential), and Skyview would finish in third place and take seed 3C (since they have the lowest point differential).

11.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Three-way tie for first place between Bishop Kelly, Skyview, and Middleton. Three-way tie for fourth place between Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue.

In order to break this tie, the fourth place tie needs to be resolved first, as the tie for first place will rely on the order of standings from fourth place on in order to break their tie.

The three-way tie for fourth place is also 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue competed against each other.

Emmett
Beat Vallivue 38-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Emmett plays Ridgevue this week)

Ridgevue
Lost to Vallivue 55-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Ridgevue plays Emmett this week)

Vallivue
Lost to Emmett 38-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Beat Ridgevue 55-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

In this scenario, if Ridgevue wins by 13 points or less, they would finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Emmett would finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Vallivue’s total point differential would remain at 0. This would mean that Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue are eliminated.

However, if Ridgevue wins by 14 points or more (since the differential is capped at 14), the overall point differentials for Ridgevue, Emmett, and Vallivue would all be zero, leaving all three teams tied again. So, how is the tie broken?

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against either Skyview, Middleton, or Bishop Kelly will be added for each team (depending on which of those three teams takes the top spot, second spot, and third spot).

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Skyview:

Vallivue lost to Skyview 40-28.
Point Differential: -12

Ridgevue lost to Skyview 42-21.
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Skyview 21-20.
Point Differential: -1

In this scenario, if Skyview is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Skyview by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #2: These are the results of the three teams in question against Middleton:

Vallivue lost to Middleton 27-13.
Point Differential: -14

Ridgevue lost to Middleton 38-19.
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Middleton 27-20.
Point Differential: -7

In this scenario, if Middleton is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Middleton by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #3: These are the results of the three teams in question against Bishop Kelly:

Vallivue lost to Bishop Kelly 22-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Ridgevue lost to Bishop Kelly 36-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Bishop Kelly 14-6
Point Differential: -8

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Bishop Kelly by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

Sub-Scenario #4: These are the results of the three teams in question against Caldwell:

Vallivue plays Caldwell on Friday.
Point Differential: N/A

Ridgevue beat Caldwell 27-14.
Point Differential: +13

Emmett beat Caldwell 48-15.
Point Differential: +14 (capped)

In this scenario, if Caldwell (the seventh place team) is used as the tiebreaker, it would mean that Emmett  would take again take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated. Emmett had a better point differential than Ridgevue against Caldwell, while also holding the head-to-head tiebreaker against Vallivue, meaning that even if Vallivue beats Caldwell by 14 or more points, Vallivue is still eliminated.

In all four sub-scenarios, Emmett would hold the advantage and would advance on to the state tournament as seed 3D.

Now with that in mind, we can break the three-way tie.

The three-way tie for first place 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Bishop Kelly, Middleton, and Skyview competed against each other.

Bishop Kelly
Lost to Middleton 28-6. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Bishop Kelly plays Skyview this week)

Middleton
Beat Bishop Kelly 28-6. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Lost to Skyview 49-21. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

Skyview
Beat Middleton 49-21. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Skyview plays Bishop Kelly this week)

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 13 points or less, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Skyview will finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that Skyview would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B, and Bishop Kelly would finish in third place and take seed 3C.

However, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 14 points or more, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential of 0, Skyview will finish with a total point differential of 0 and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that the three-way tie remains.

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against the remaining teams from the top of the standings on down will be taken into account. The next teams in line would include Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue. The final order in which these teams’ results would be factored in will be determined by the order of the final standings. This means that the tiebreaker will start with the team in the 4A SIC that is in fourth place at the end of the regular season. If that tie is not broken, then it goes to the team in fifth place, then sixth place, etc. Having broken the tie above, the SIC would then use Emmett as the tie breaking team.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Emmett:

Skyview beat Emmett 21-20.
Point Differential: +1

Bishop Kelly beat Emmett 14-6.
Point Differential: +8

Middleton beat Emmett 27-20.
Point Differential: +7

In this scenario, Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A (since they have the highest point differential), Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B (since they have they second highest point differential), and Skyview would finish in third place and take seed 3C (since they have the lowest point differential).

12.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Middleton beats Mountain Home, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Three-way tie for first place between Bishop Kelly, Skyview, and Middleton. Ridgevue finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D, and Emmett is eliminated.

The three-way tie for first place 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Bishop Kelly, Middleton, and Skyview competed against each other.

Bishop Kelly
Lost to Middleton 28-6. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Bishop Kelly plays Skyview this week)

Middleton
Beat Bishop Kelly 28-6. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Lost to Skyview 49-21. Point differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

Skyview
Beat Middleton 49-21. Point differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Skyview plays Bishop Kelly this week)

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 13 points or less, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Skyview will finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that Skyview would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B, and Bishop Kelly would finish in third place and take seed 3C.

However, if Bishop Kelly beats Skyview by 14 points or more, Bishop Kelly will finish with a total point differential of 0, Skyview will finish with a total point differential of 0 and Middleton will remain at a total point differential of 0. This would mean that the three-way tie remains.

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that results against the remaining teams from the top of the standings on down will be taken into account. The next teams in line would include Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue. The final order in which these teams’ results would be factored in will be determined by the order of the final standings. This means that the tiebreaker will start with the team in the 4A SIC that is in fourth place at the end of the regular season. If that tie is not broken, then it goes to the team in fifth place, then sixth place, etc.

In this scenario, Ridgevue finishes in fourth place, Emmett in fifth place, Caldwell in sixth place, Vallivue in seventh place, and Mountain Home in eighth place.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Ridgevue:

Skyview beat Ridgevue 42-21.
Point Differential: +14 (capped)

Bishop Kelly beat Ridgevue 36-0.
Point Differential: +14 (capped)

Middleton beat Ridgevue 38-19.
Point Differential: +14 (capped)

In this scenario, Bishop Kelly, Skyview, and Middleton would not be able to use their scores against Ridgevue as a tiebreaker since they all match (thanks in part to the 14 point cap). As a result, the tiebreaker now moves to the fifth place team, Emmett.

Sub-Scenario #2: These are the results of the three teams in question against Emmett:

Skyview beat Emmett 21-20.
Point Differential: +1

Bishop Kelly beat Emmett 14-6.
Point Differential: +8

Middleton beat Emmett 27-20.
Point Differential: +7

In this scenario, Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A (since they have the highest point differential), Middleton would finish in second place and take seed 3B (since they have they second highest point differential), and Skyview would finish in third place and take seed 3C (since they have the lowest point differential).

13.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Skyview would finish in second place and take seed 3B, Middleton would finish in third place and take seed 3C, Emmett would finish in fourth place and take seed 3D, and Vallivue and Ridgevue are eliminated.

14.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Emmett beats Ridgevue, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Skyview would finish in second place and take seed 3B, Middleton would finish in third place and take seed 3C, Emmett would finish in fourth place and take seed 3D, and Vallivue and Ridgevue are eliminated.

15.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Vallivue beats Caldwell.

Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Skyview would finish in second place and take seed 3B, Middleton would finish in third place and take seed 3C, then there is a three-way tie for fourth place between Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue.

The three-way tie for fourth place 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 14 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 14-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Emmett, Ridgevue, and Vallivue competed against each other.

Emmett
Beat Vallivue 38-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: +14*
(*Emmett plays Ridgevue this week)

Ridgevue
Lost to Vallivue 55-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Total point differential: -14*
(*Ridgevue plays Emmett this week)

Vallivue
Lost to Emmett 38-14. Differential: -14 (capped)
Beat Ridgevue 55-14. Differential: +14 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

In this scenario, if Ridgevue wins by 13 points or less, they would finish with a total point differential between -1 and -13, Emmett would finish with a total point differential between +1 and +13, and Vallivue’s total point differential would remain at 0. This would mean that Emmett finishes in fourth place and takes seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue are eliminated.

However, if Ridgevue wins by 14 points or more (since the differential is capped at 14), the overall point differentials for Ridgevue, Emmett, and Vallivue would all be zero, leaving all three teams tied again. So, how is the tie broken?

The Southern Idaho Conference policy handbook states "if the games between the tied teams cannot break the tie, the other league games will be added into the formula from top down." This means that in this scenario, the tie is broken using the top three teams in the conference, beginning with Bishop Kelly.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Bishop Kelly:

Vallivue lost to Bishop Kelly 22-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Ridgevue lost to Bishop Kelly 36-0
Point Differential: -14 (capped)

Emmett lost to Bishop Kelly 14-6
Point Differential: -8

In this scenario, if Bishop Kelly is the top team in the conference it would mean that Emmett, by virtue of losing to Bishop Kelly by fewer points than their opponents, would take seed 3D and Ridgevue and Vallivue would be eliminated.

16.    If Bishop Kelly beats Skyview, Mountain Home beats Middleton, Ridgevue beats Emmett, and Caldwell beats Vallivue.

Bishop Kelly would finish in first place and take seed 3A, Skyview would finish in second place and take seed 3B, Middleton would finish in third place and take seed 3C, Ridgevue would finish in fourth place and take seed 3D, and Emmett and Vallivue are eliminated.




4A District 4 Great Basin Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: three.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Minico Spartans – District Champion, seed 4A

Still In Contention
Twin Falls Bruins
Canyon Ridge Riverhawks
Jerome Tigers

Eliminated
Wood River Wolverines
Burley Bobcats

Minico has clinched the district championship and wrapped up seed 4A regardless of what happens in their game this weekend. The trio of Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, and Jerome are in the mix for the remaining two playoff berths. Burley and Wood River have been eliminated.

This week, Minico plays Wood River, Twin Falls hosts Jerome, and Burley is at home against Canyon Ridge. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Twin Falls beats Jerome, and Canyon Ridge beats Burley.

Twin Falls would finish second and take seed 4B, Canyon Ridge would finish third and take seed 4C, and Jerome is eliminated.

2.    If Twin Falls beats Jerome, and Burley beats Canyon Ridge.

Twin Falls would finish second and take seed 4B, Canyon Ridge would finish third and take seed 4C, and Jerome is eliminated.

3.    If Jerome beats Twin Falls, and Canyon Ridge beats Burley.

There is a three-way tie for second place between Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, and Jerome.

The tiebreaker in this scenario is a Kansas City Playoff between Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, and Jerome on Monday, October 23rd at a location to be determined. Whoever finishes first in that playoff will earn seed 4B, whoever finishes second in the playoff will earn seed 4C, and whoever finishes last in the playoff will miss the state tournament.

4.    If Jerome beats Twin Falls, and Burley beats Canyon Ridge.

Jerome finishes in second place and takes seed 4B, Twin Falls finishes in third place and takes seed 4C, and Canyon Ridge is eliminated.




4A District 5-6 East Idaho Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: three.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Skyline Grizzlies – District Champions, seed 5-6A
Idaho Falls Tigers

Still In Contention
Pocatello Indians
Century Diamondbacks
Blackfoot Broncos

Eliminated
Preston Indians

Skyline has no more conference games and are into the postseason no matter the results of the final regular season games. Idaho Falls has also clinched a playoff berth, but does not know which seed it will get as of yet. The trio of Pocatello, Century, and Blackfoot are all in the mix for the final postseason berth. Preston has completed their conference schedule and has been eliminated.

This week, Blackfoot hosts Pocatello and Idaho Falls plays at Century. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Pocatello beats Blackfoot and Idaho Falls beats Century.

Idaho Falls finishes in second place and takes seed 5-6B, Pocatello finishes in third place and takes seed 5-6C, and Blackfoot and Century are eliminated.

2.    If Pocatello beats Blackfoot and Century beats Idaho Falls.

There is a three-way tie for second place between Pocatello, Century and Idaho Falls. Blackfoot is eliminated.

The three-way tie for second place 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 13 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 13-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Idaho Falls, Century, and Pocatello played against one another.

Pocatello
Beat Century 27-14. Point differential: +13
Lost to Idaho Falls 36-20. Point differential: -13 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

Century
Lost to Pocatello 27-14. Point differential: -13
Total point differential: -13*
(*Century plays Idaho Falls this week)

Idaho Falls
Beat Pocatello 36-20. Point differential: +13 (capped)
Total point differential: +13*
(*Idaho Falls plays Century this week)

In this scenario, if Century wins by 12 points or less, they would finish with a total point differential between -1 and -12, Idaho Falls would finish with a total point differential between +1 and +12, and Pocatello’s total point differential would remain at 0. This would mean that Idaho Falls finishes in second place and takes seed 5-6B, Pocatello finishes in third place (because of their head-to-head win over Century) and takes seed 3C, and Century is eliminated.

However, if Century wins by 13 points or more, they would finish tied with Pocatello and Idaho Falls in the total point differential category at 0, meaning that a second tiebreaker would be needed. The next tiebreaker in line is point differential against other teams in the conference, going top down through the standings.

The point differentials for the district champion Skyline Grizzlies against all three teams in question are identical: capped at 13 points. It would then go to the next team in line: Blackfoot.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Blackfoot:

Idaho Falls beat Blackfoot 43-7.
Point Differential: +13 (capped)

Century beat Blackfoot 35-20.
Point Differential: +13 (capped)

Pocatello plays Blackfoot this week.
Point Differential: N/A

In this scenario, Pocatello would need to beat Blackfoot by at least 13 points to stay alive in the tiebreaker. Otherwise, Century would finish in second place in the conference and take seed 5-6B, Idaho Falls would finish in third place and take seed 5-6C, and Pocatello would be eliminated.

If Pocatello does beat Blackfoot by at least 13 points, the next (and final) tiebreaking team is Preston.

Sub-Scenario #2: These are the results of the three teams in question against Preston:

Idaho Falls beat Preston 48-14.
Point Differential: +13 (capped)

Century beat Preston 35-28.
Point Differential: +7

Pocatello beat Preston 44-28.
Point Differential: +13 (capped)

In this scenario, Century would be eliminated by virtue of having the lowest point differential of the three. Idaho Falls would finish in second place and take seed 5-6B (because of their head-to-head win over Pocatello) and Pocatello would finish in third place and take seed 5-6C.

3.    If Blackfoot beats Pocatello and Idaho Falls beats Century

Idaho Falls finishes in second place and takes seed 5-6B, and then there is a three-way tie for third place between Blackfoot, Pocatello, and Century.

The three-way tie for third place 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 13 points, meaning that a 50-point win is the same as a 13-point win.

In this situation, the point differentials are taken from the games in which Blackfoot, Century, and Pocatello played against one another.

Pocatello
Beat Century 27-14. Point differential: +13
Total point differential: +13*
(*Pocatello plays Blackfoot this week)

Century
Lost to Pocatello 27-14. Point differential: -13
Beat Blackfoot 35-20. Point differential: +13 (capped)
Total point differential: 0

Blackfoot
Lost to Century 35-20. Point differential: -13 (capped)
Total point differential: -13*
(*Blackfoot plays Pocatello this week)

In this scenario, if Blackfoot wins by 12 points or less, they would finish with a total point differential between -1 and -12, Pocatello would finish with a total point differential between +1 and +12, and Century’s total point differential would remain at 0. This would mean that Pocatello would finish in third place and take seed 5-6C and that Blackfoot and Century are eliminated.

However, if Blackfoot wins by 13 points or more, they would finish tied with Pocatello and Century in the total point differential category at 0, meaning that a second tiebreaker would be needed. The next tiebreaker in line is point differential against other teams in the conference, going top down through the standings.

The point differentials for the district champion Skyline Grizzlies against all three teams in question are identical: capped at 13 points. It would then go to the next team in line: Idaho Falls.

Sub-Scenario #1: These are the results of the three teams in question against Idaho Falls:

Blackfoot lost to Idaho Falls 43-7.
Point Differential: -13 (capped)

Pocatello lost to Idaho Falls 36-20.
Point Differential: -13 (capped)

Century plays Idaho Falls this week.
Point Differential: N/A

In this scenario, If Idaho Falls beats Century by 12 points or fewer then Century takes seed 5-6C and Pocatello and Blackfoot would be eliminated. 

If Idaho Falls beats Century by 13 or more points, then the next (and final) tiebreaking team is Preston.


Sub-Scenario #2: These are the results of the three teams in question against Preston:

Blackfoot beat Preston 28-20
Point Differential: +8

Century beat Preston 35-28.
Point Differential: +7

Pocatello beat Preston 44-28.
Point Differential: +13 (capped)

In this scenario, Pocatello (by virtue of having the highest point differential) would finish in third place and take seed 5-6C, and Century and Blackfoot would be eliminated.

4.    If Blackfoot beats Pocatello and Century beats Idaho Falls.

Century finishes in second place and takes seed 5-6B, Idaho Falls finishes in third place and takes seed 5-6C, and Blackfoot and Pocatello are eliminated.



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