CIF Bowl Boards 4 (North & South)

Folsom head coach Kris Richardson holds CIF state title plaque after team won D1-AA game last year. Bulldogs also have won three CIF titles since 2010. Photo: Mark Tennis.

With all of the disruptions in Northern California & the CIF pushing back the state finals one week, it will be more disjointed this season since the Southern California section playoffs will be complete after this weekend and the SoCal bowl games lineup will be announced on Sunday. The CIF and ourselves like to look across the board to see what possible state finals might be, but that can’t happen this time. We also have a lot of changes on our board this week and a few of them don’t exactly match our own state rankings but they’re close and we think it may be more aligned with what actually happens in the south after this weekend.

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Note: These are matchups based on projected winners and rankings of teams according to their various placements into CIF section playoffs. We’re going to go by our own state rankings system to project matchups as much as possible, and they’ve proven over the years to be just as accurate and sometimes show more attractive matchups than the computer. Consider each team listed as a placeholder for that particular section playoff division, which also is indicated. The biggest change in the format this year is the addition of another division at the bottom of the lineup. This was done, according to Ron Nocetti of the CIF, because there is no longer going to be any play-in games in the north. And one of the main reasons for that is that the CIF didn’t want the annual San Francisco Section Turkey Day game to be impacted by the earlier schedule on the calendar. San Francisco ended up not having its Turkey Day final this year anyway because it also had playoff games postponed due to poor air quality. With SF keeping its tradition, it wouldn’t be able to be in any play-in games. The addition of another division at the bottom also enabled the CIF to let both of the CIF L.A. City Section lower division champions into the field. Previously, only one of the L.A. City’s D2 or D3 champions was involved. This board was completed after games of Saturday, Nov. 16 and doesn’t include any games played after that.

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