New teams on the list this week include Vista del Lago of Moreno Valley, La Quinta (LQ), St. Mary’s of Berkeley and Westminster. Many of the teams from our first run-through of the NorCal and SoCal sides of regional matchups were on first-round section playoff byes, but that will change this week. We also have previously unknown top seeds from the CIF Central Coast Section that are now known.
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Notes: 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. After the first two divisions, the CIF and ourselves usually go by the team on the board with the highest CalPreps.com computer ranking. Travel is a consideration as well. Sending a team from San Diego, for example, to Bishop might be a bit much.
There are not any big changes in any of the CIF section playoffs this year. The CIF Central Section did use base divisions this year instead of 100 percent competitive equity seeding to determine divisions (which is what the CIF Southern Section does). That helped some smaller schools not having to be mixed together as much with large schools in higher divisions.
Speaking the of CIF Central Section, the CIF also has the option of using teams from there in the north or south. It has been three going to each region, but it can be two and four. We’ve used two and four for this first run through.