We’ve just completed Week 6 of a season, which means a number of the state’s teams have actually played seven games already.
We are hurtling our way toward the Oct. 21 cutoff for NJSIAA playoff qualification, and tournament action which commences the following week.
The latest NJSIAA United Power Rankings (UPR) show us where teams would be lining up for those playoffs if they were to begin tomorrow. We’ve still got two weekends of football before that is official, but consider how quickly the last seven weeks seem to have passed.
The UPR is determined by combining teams’ power points and Opponents Strength Index. The top 16 teams through games of Oct. 21 in each group will qualify for the postseason.
Once the 16-team brackets are compiled in the public school groups they will be split into eight-team sections, meaning there will be four sections which will each crown a champion. The winners of the four sections will advance to the state semifinals, with winners playing in the second New Jersey public-school state championship games.
While UPR will be used as a reference for the Non-Public brackets, those groups will be seeded by committee.
Games against out-of-state competition will not count towards a team’s UPR and therefore are not counted among team’s records below.