NorCal/SoCal Bowl Projections

Players from Cypress High celebrate after they won state’s only matchup last week between teams that both were 12-0 in CIF Southern Section Division 7 semifinals. The Centurions are going up against Temecula Valley (Temecula) in the final. Photo: OCSportsZone.com.

There are lots of changes from last week’s board due to some upsets, looking at the map closer and some real juicy matchups coming to light such as possibility of longtime rivals St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs and Loyola of Los Angeles playing each other. CIF associate executive director Brian Seymour said on Tuesday that the announcement of this year’s matchups will be approximately at around 1 p.m. on Sunday. That will depend on whether there are more upsets after all of Saturday night’s section finals.

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Note: For these bowl projections, we are using the team that is either seeded first or ranked highest in our own state rankings as the placeholder for that section’s playoff champion. This year, the CIF will no longer be considering runner-ups in a so-called Open Division. This has a much bigger impact in the north than in the south since the sections sending Open Division runner-ups were from the CCS and NCS (although L.A. City also was doing it). Only section champions are eligible to be in a CIF regional championship. The CIF also has the option of using any three teams from the CIF Central Section in the north or south. We used the same distribution as last year for these possible matchups but it could be different. We talked to CIF associate executive director Brian Seymour about the CIF football games last week who said geography will continue to be a factor deciding on which Central Section teams go north and which ones go south. “It tends to be Visalia as the dividing line, but if we can have two teams from the section play each other, we’ll look at that, too,” he said.

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