NEW NorCal/SoCal Bowl Projections

Zane Carter (left) is dual-threat QB for Buena of Ventura, which is now the highest seed playing in the CIFSS D8 playoffs. At right is standout RB Za’Darion Nardi from CIF North Coast Section D2 top seed San Ramon Valley. Photos: &

All teams on these bowl boards are now in section playoffs after the regular season ended last week in the CIF North Coast, Central Coast and Northern Sections. The projected top seeds from the CCS didn’t happen after St. Francis at the top, so some of those bowl picks have changed in the north. Four of the CIF Southern Section top seeds also have been changed, but that’s because all four lost in No. 1 vs. No. 16 “upsets.”


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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 biggest change from two years ago is a new format for the CIF North Coast Section Open/D1 bracket that makes it possible for the second-best NCS team to be able to win a section title and go on to the regionals. It’s a unique situation since De La Salle of Concord has won every NCS top divisional title since 1992 (the streak should reach 30 years this season). Only section champions are eligible to be in a CIF regional championship. The CIF also has the option of using teams from the CIF Central Section in the north or south. It has been three going to each region, but with an extra team in the north compared to last time (NCS No. 2 team) we made it a 2-4 split to even it out.

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