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Week 9 Football Preview: Special Playoff Scenarios Edition

10/13/2021, 2:45pm CDT
By Travis Wilson

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Nikita Schankle (10) and New Lisbon are a team on the bubble hoping to secure a playoff spot with a win this week

There are several big games this week, including many that will impact conference races. However, the big story statewide is the playoffs; who is in, who needs to win to get in, who is on the bubble. As such, we're going to change up the preview this week and focus on those games that may impact playoff qualification. We will break them down on a conference-by-conference basis. To view our current Playoff Qualifying Report, click here. To check out our PROJECTED Playoff Field heading into Week 9, click here.
 
WisSports.net will have a projected playoff field posted shortly after all games are completed Friday night, likely between 11:00 pm and 12 am. The WIAA has indicated they will release the official playoff field around midnight, and we will be posting it immediately as well. The WIAA will be releasing the 8-team regional groupings around 1:30 am, and the actual playoff brackets and match-ups on Saturday afternoon. WisSports.net is once again your BEST source for the brackets and other playoff information so be sure to visit WSN frequently and hit refresh often.

Please note, this report assumes several things:

    • All teams that finish above .500 will get in the playoffs
    • No teams that finish 2-5 in conference or worse get in the playoffs
    • Teams that finish 3-4 in conference will be on the Bubble, with some but not all of those teams making it into the postseason field. These teams that finish 3-4 in conference will be subject to tiebreakers, with the long and short of it being that the better wins you have, the better the chance you’ll get in.
    • We are still working to confirm the eligibility, conference records, and Week 9 crossover designation of the Milwaukee City Conference teams, which may impact which and how many of those teams get in the playoffs, how many 3-4 bubble teams get in, and where the division cutlines will fall.
    • Teams with an (*) have canceled their seasons or are ineligible for the postseason
      
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(Conference record in parenthesis)

Badger-Large

Beaver Dam (3-3) at Waunakee (6-0) – If Beaver Dam is able to pull off the shocker over Waunakee, they are in. With a loss, they would be subject to tiebreakers but we projected them to get in as one of the first 3-4 teams on the strength of a victory over Janesville Craig, though that assumes Craig beats Milton this week. If Craig loses to Milton, Beaver Dam’s tiebreaker number decreases quite a bit, but they would still likely get in.

DeForest (5-1) at Janesville Parker (2-4) – Parker is out with a loss but a win almost certainly gets them in as one of the top 3-4 teams due to tiebreakers, on the back of a potential win over DeForest.

Janesville Craig (3-3) at Milton (2-4) – A Craig victory gets the Cougars in and sends Milton home. A Milton win puts both on the bubble, with both having ok-ish tiebreaker numbers and likely both in.

Oregon (1-5) at Watertown (2-4) – Watertown is out with a loss. We feel the Goslings' tiebreaker number would be pretty good even if they lose and finish 3-4 in conference, and they would be likely to make it into the playoffs.

In: Waunakee, DeForest

Out: Oregon

Badger-Small

Reedsburg (2-4) at Mount Horeb/Barneveld (5-1) – Reedsburg almost certainly gets in with a win as one of the top teams on the 3-4 bubble, thanks to wins over Baraboo and potentially MH/B. A loss leaves the Beavers at home.

Portage (3-3) at Baraboo (4-2) – If Portage beats a struggling Baraboo squad, they are in the playoffs. A loss would leave the Warriors subject to tiebreakers, where they stand a good chance to get in the postseason.

In: Mount Horeb/Barneveld, Fort Atkinson, Baraboo, Monona Grove-Belgium

Out: Stoughton, Sauk Prairie

Bay

Waupaca (3-3) at Seymour (1-5) – A Waupaca win gets them in the postseason, while a loss puts them on the bubble. However, thanks to a win over Xavier, the Comets tiebreaker number would be very good and they almost certainly would still make it in.

Shawano (2-4) at Fox Valley Lutheran (4-2) – A loss leaves Shawano at home. A win almost certainly gets them in as one of the top 3-4 tiebreaker teams on the back of a possible victory over FVL.

In: Fox Valley Lutheran, Xavier, Winneconne

Out: New London, Seymour

Big Eight

Howards Grove (3-3) at Ozaukee (3-3) – The winner clinches a spot in the playoffs, while the loser is subject to tiebreakers. Neither team would be very high on the tiebreaker list and likely have to sweat it out as one of the last qualifiers possibly, or perhaps even be left out completely.

Oostburg (2-4) at Hilbert (5-1) – Hilbert is playing for a share of the league title, which won’t help Oostburg’s chances. However, if the Flying Dutchmen find a way to victory, they almost certainly get in via tiebreakers thanks completely to this potential win. A loss sends them home.

In: Cedar Grove-Belgium, Hilbert, Reedsville

Out: Manitowoc Lutheran, Random Lake

Big Eight

Madison Memorial (3-3) at Beloit Memorial (2-4) – A win for Madison Memorial gets the Spartans in and sends the Purgolders home. A Beloit Memorial victory puts both on the bubble and subject to tiebreakers, though each would have a solid shot to get in the postseason.

Madison La Follette (2-4) at Madison West (1-5) – A La Follette loss sends the Lancers home for the playoffs. A win would have them among a large group of teams subject to tiebreakers, though a win over Madison Memorial could be enough to get them in (if Madison Memorial loses this week, that becomes a different story).

In: Sun Prairie, Middleton, Verona

Out: Madison East, Madison West

Big Rivers

In: Menomonie, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, New Richmond, Hudson

Out: Eau Claire Memorial, Superior, Eau Claire North

Capitol

Watertown Luther Prep (3-3) at Lodi (4-2) – A win for Luther Prep gets them in. A loss has them on the bubble, but they likely have a good enough tiebreaker number to get in the playoffs.

Turner (1-5) at Big Foot (2-4) – A loss for Big Foot sends them out of the postseason. A win gets them on the bubble, where a forfeit victory over Columbus, the only defeat of the season for the Cardinals, almost certainly gets them into the playoffs.

In: Columbus, Lake Mills, Lodi, Lakeside Lutheran

Out: Turner, Horicon/Hustisford

Classic Eight

Oconomowoc (3-3) at Arrowhead (4-2) – A win for Oconomowoc gets the Raccoons into the playoffs. They would be one of the first 3-4 teams in even with a loss, thanks to the upset over Muskego earlier this season.

Waukesha South (1-5) at Kettle Moraine (3-3) – A KM win gets them in. If the Lasers are upset by South, they almost certainly get in via very good tiebreaker numbers.

Mukwonago (5-1) at Waukesha West (3-3) – A win gets Waukesha West in. A loss still likely results in them getting into the postseason via a good tiebreaker number, helped by a victory against Oconomowoc.

In: Muskego, Mukwonago, Arrowhead

Out: Waukesha South, Waukesha North

Cloverbelt

Fall Creek (3-3) at Osseo-Fairchild (0-6) – A win for Fall Creek gets the Crickets in. A loss would leave them on the bubble, but a forfeit win over Stanley-Boyd would likely be enough to get the team into the postseason.

Stanley-Boyd (3-3) at Elk Mound (1-5) – Stanley-Boyd is in with a win, but almost certainly in even with a loss thanks to a victory earlier this season over Mondovi, which would be huge for the Orioles’ tiebreaker number.

Neillsville/Granton (2-4) at Regis (7-0) – Scoring the biggest upset in the state this year would get Neillsville/Granton into the postseason with great certainty, as their tiebreaker number would be among the best of any 3-4 team. A loss leaves them at home.

In: Regis, Durand, Mondovi

Out: Elk Mound, Osseo-Fairchild

Coulee

Altoona (3-3) at Black River Falls (2-4) – A win for Altoona would get the Rails in and leave BRF out. A Black River Falls upset would put both teams on the bubble, with both sporting a decent chance to qualify via tiebreakers.

In: Aquinas, Arcadia, Westby

Out: G-E-T, Viroqua

CWC-Large

Shiocton (2-4) at Spencer/Columbus Catholic (3-3) – A win for Spencer/Columbus Catholic would get the co-op program in and leave Shiocton out. A Shiocton victory would put both on the bubble, though both have a solid shot to get in via tiebreaker.

Nekoosa (2-4) at Wittenberg-Birnamwood (5-1) – Nekoosa goes home with a loss. A victory gives the Papermakers a near-certain chance to make the playoffs as a 3-4 team thanks to a tiebreaker number boosted considerably by a hypothetical victory against Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

In: Amherst, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Stratford

Out: Weyauwega-Fremont, Manawa

CWC-Small

Iola-Scandinavia (5-1) at Pittsville (3-3) – A win gets Pittsville in. A loss leaves them as one of the 3-4 teams subject to tiebreakers, and their number is rather weak, with our Week 9 projections having them out of the playoffs.

In: Pacelli, Iola-Scandinavia, Assumption, Loyal

Out: Rosholt, Wild Rose, Almond-Bancroft*

Dairyland

Independence/Gilmanton (0-6) at Whitehall (3-3) – Whitehall gets in with a win. A loss leaves the Norse subject to tiebreakers, where they’d have a decent chance to get in.

Cochrane-Fountain City (2-4) at Blair-Taylor (2-4) – The winner gets on the bubble, the loser is out. Blair-Taylor has one of the better tiebreaker resumes thanks to a non-conference win over Elmwood/Plum City. The tiebreaker for Cochrane-Fountain City would be very weak and they’d likely be one of the lowest 3-4 teams.

In: Augusta, Melrose-Mindoro, Pepin/Alma

Out: Eleva-Strum, Independence/Gilmanton

Dunn-St. Croix

Colfax (0-6) at Glenwood City (3-3) – Glenwood City is in with a win. Even with a loss, their tiebreaker number is very good and they almost certainly get in.

Spring Valley (6-0) at Cadott (3-3) – Cadott is in with an upset victory. Our projections had them in even with a loss due to a solid tiebreaker number. 

Turtle Lake (3-3) at Elmwood/Plum City (4-2) – Turtle Lake is in with a win. Our projections have them relatively safely in even with a loss.

In: Spring Valley, Boyceville, Elmwood/Plum City

Out: Clear Lake, Colfax

East Central

Sheboygan Falls (3-3) at Ripon (1-5) – Sheboygan Falls is in with a win, while likely still make it with a loss thanks to last week’s victory over Berlin, which is excellent for their tiebreaker number.

Waupun (0-6) at Kettle Moraine Lutheran (2-4) – A loss and KML is out. A win likely gets them in via tiebreakers thanks to last week’s victory against Port Washington.

In: Plymouth, Berlin, Port Washington, Kewaskum

Out: Ripon, Waupun

Eastern Suburban

Clinton (2-4) at Cambridge (2-4) – The loser is out. The winner is on the bubble, with neither having a great tiebreaker number. Clinton’s would be slightly be better, however. We did project Cambridge to win and get in as one of the last qualifiers in this week’s projections.

In: Markesan, Marshall, Pardeeville, Waterloo

Out: Dodgeland, Palmyra-Eagle

Eastern Wisconsin

Valders (2-4) at Chilton (2-4) – The loser is out. The winner gets on the bubble with a pretty solid tiebreaker resume and strong chance to get in the playoffs.

Kiel (2-4) at Roncalli (0-6) – Kiel is done with a loss. We projected them to win and get in via tiebreaker, which would be a strong possibility.

New Holstein (3-3) at Two Rivers (3-3) – It’s easy for the winner, who is in the playoffs. The loser is on the bubble, with their fate up to tiebreakers and thus other games around the state. Both would stand a good chance to get into the postseason as a 3-4 team.

In: Brillion, Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian

Out: Roncalli

Flyway

Saint Mary’s Springs (5-1) at Laconia (2-4) – Laconia is out with a loss to mighty Saint Mary’s Springs. A win would get them on the bubble as a 3-4 conference record team, where the hypothetical win over Springs would almost certainly get them in.

Lomira (3-3) at Winnebago Lutheran (3-3) – The winner is in the postseason. The loser is subject to tiebreakers, where Winnebago Lutheran would stand a much better chance than would Lomira, whose tiebreaker number would be very low.

In: Mayville, Saint Mary’s Springs, Campbellsport

Out: North Fond du Lac, Omro

FVA

Fond du Lac (3-3) at Oshkosh West (3-3) – The winner is in. The loser awaits tiebreakers. Fondy would almost certainly get in even with a loss, thanks to a win over Kaukauna (and a non-conference decision over Marshfield). If Oshkosh West ends up on the bubble, they would be likely to get in as well.

Appleton East (0-6) at Neenah (2-4) – Neenah is out with a loss. They almost certainly get in with a win on the strength of a victory over Fondy earlier this year.

In: Kimberly, Appleton North, Kaukauna

Out: Oshkosh North, Appleton East

FRCC-North 

Ashwaubenon (3-3) at Bay Port (5-1) – Ashwaubenon is in with a victory. We project that the Jaguars will still make it with a loss, but it will be close.

De Pere (6-0) at Green Bay Preble (2-4) – Preble is out of the playoff race with a loss. A win would almost certainly qualify the Hornets on the back of such a victory over De Pere, which would put Preble towards the top of the list of 3-4 conference teams.

Green Bay Southwest (1-5) at West De Pere (3-3) – West De Pere is in with a victory. Even with a loss, the Phantoms’ tiebreaker number is very high and they almost certainly would be in the playoffs.

In: De Pere, Bay Port, Pulaski

Out: Green Bay Southwest

FRCC-South

Sheboygan South (2-4) at Notre Dame (4-2) – South is out with a loss. With a victory, they likely qualify for the playoffs thanks to this hypothetical win over Notre Dame that strengthens their tiebreaker.

Green Bay West (1-5) at Sheboygan North (2-4) – North is done with a loss. Even if they win as we project, it is likely they will have a very low tiebreaker number and have a high chance of missing the playoffs.

In: Menasha, Notre Dame, Manitowoc Lincoln

Out: Green Bay West, Green Bay East

Great Northern

Lakeland (2-4) at Hayward (2-4) – The loser is eliminated. The winner has a chance at the postseason, but a slim one. In fact, we would project that neither team will qualify for the playoffs even if they win.

Rhinelander (5-1) at Ashland (2-4) – Ashland is out with a loss. An upset win would almost certainly get the Oredockers in the postseason as it would put them with a very good tiebreaker number.

In: Mosinee, Rhinelander, Medford

Out: Antigo

Greater Metro

Menomonee Falls (2-4) at Brookfield Central (2-4) – The loser is out. The winner gets on the bubble, where they would be dependent on tiebreakers going their way. Brookfield Central has a better tiebreaker and stands a decent chance of making it, while Menomonee Falls would have a low chance, unless West Allis Hale beats Marquette, thereby improving their tiebreaker.

West Allis Hale (2-4) at Marquette (3-3) – If Marquette wins, they are in and Hale is out. A Hale victory would put both on the bubble, though both would likely have a tiebreaker good enough to make it in.

In: Sussex Hamilton, Germantown, Brookfield East

Out: West Allis Central*

Heart O’North

Spooner (3-3) at Bloomer (3-3) – The winner is in. The bubble and uncertainty awaits the loser. Barring an upset by one of the teams they beat in conference play, Spooner would seem to have a very low chance of making the playoffs due to a weak tiebreaker. Bloomer’s tiebreaker would likely be very low as well.

In: Cumberland, Northwestern, Saint Croix Falls

Out: Barron, Cameron, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser

Lakeland

Ladysmith (2-4) at Rib Lake/Prentice (2-4) – The loser is out. The winner ends up on the bubble, but it is likely neither team has a good enough tiebreaker number to get in.

In: Hurley, Grantsburg, Unity, Webster (will receive forfeit win Wk 9)

Out: Flambeau*, Lake Holcombe/Cornell*

Marawood

Marathon will receive a forfeit win in Week 9 and finish 3-4 in conference, as all their league wins came via forfeit. This makes it unlikely they will be able to qualify for the playoffs via tiebreaker.

In: Colby, Edgar, Auburndale, Abbotsford (will receive forfeit win Wk 9)

Out: Athens*, Owen-Withee*, Thorp*

Metro Classic

University School (3-3) at Brown Deer (0-6) – USM is in with a win. A loss leaves them on the tiebreaker list with a marginal number that would make it tough but not impossible to get in.

Saint Francis (3-3) at Racine St. Catherine’s (4-2) – If Saint Francis can knock off St. Cat’s they are in the playoffs. A loss would leave the Mariners on the playoff bubble with a relatively slim chance of getting in.

Martin Luther (5-1) at Saint Thomas More (2-4) – Thomas More is out with a loss. A win would put them on the bubble with a very good chance to get in the postseason.

In: Lake Country Lutheran, Martin Luther, Racine St. Catherine’s

Out: Shoreland Lutheran, Brown Deer

Middle Border

Somerset (1-5) at Baldwin-Woodville (2-4) – Baldwin-Woodville is out with a loss. A win gets them on the bubble, but it is likely their tiebreaker resume is not strong enough to get them in.

Saint Croix Central (2-4) at Westby (4-2) – Saint Croix Central stays home from the playoffs with a loss. A win almost certainly gets them in, in large part to this crossover win.

In: Ellsworth, Osceola, Prescott

Out: Amery, Somerset

Midwest Classic

Catholic Central (3-3) at Dominican (1-5) – A win gets Catholic Central into the postseason. Even with a loss the Hilltoppers very likely get into the postseason thanks to three non-conference victories.

Kenosha Christian Life (3-3) at Brookfield Academy (4-2) – Christian Life is in with a victory. A loss would leave them with a relatively low tiebreaker resume and we project them to miss out on the playoffs.

Living Word Lutheran (2-4) at Kenosha St. Joseph (6-0) – Living Word Lutheran is out with a loss. If they can pull off the shocker, the Timberwolves are certainly in the postseason thanks to a high tiebreaker figure on the heels of such a win.

In: Kenosha St. Joseph, Racine Lutheran, Brookfield Academy

Out: Dominican, HOPE Christian*

Milwaukee City

The Milwaukee City Conference revised its league schedule partway into the year after several teams could not field varsity programs or were delayed in getting started. They recently reported several additional changes to the WIAA results database and the status of Week 9 crossovers is also a bit up in the air. Additional changes could be coming, and exactly which MPS teams are eligible, which games will count towards playoff qualification, and ultimately which teams get in is very much up in the air.

Bubble: Milwaukee Vincent, Milwaukee Riverside

In: Milwaukee King, Milwaukee Marshall, Milwaukee Hamilton, Milwaukee Reagan (current information indicates the Huskies will finish at worst 4-4 in conference, which would put them in ahead of any 3-4 conference teams)

Out: Milwaukee Bradley Tech, Milwaukee Washington, Milwaukee Bay View, Milwaukee North*, Milwaukee South*, Obama SCTE*, Milwaukee Pulaski*, Milwaukee Madison*

Mississippi Valley

River Falls (6-0) at Sparta (2-4) – Sparta is out with a loss. If they win, they would almost certainly get in the postseason due to such a victory.

La Crosse Logan (2-4) at La Crosse Central (4-2) – Logan is out with a loss for the Ark. A win almost certainly gets them in thanks in large part to this victory.

West Salem (5-1) at Holmen (2-4) – Holmen is out with a loss but a win almost certainly gets them in thanks in large part to this victory.

Onalaska (3-3) at Tomah (0-6) – Onalaska is in with a win. A loss almost certainly gets the Hilltoppers in as they would have a very good tiebreaker number.

In: River Falls, West Salem, La Crosse Central

Out: Tomah

North Eastern

Menominee (MI) at Little Chute (2-4) – A loss knocks the Mustangs of Little Chute out of playoff contention. A win almost certainly gets the team into the playoffs largely thanks to an early season victory over Denmark.

In: Luxemburg-Casco, Denmark, Freedom, Wrightstown

Out: Marinette

North Shore

West Bend East (1-5) at Cedarburg (3-3) – A loss gets Cedarburg into the playoffs. The Bulldogs are almost certainly in even with a loss, with last week’s victory over Homestead significantly improving their tiebreaker number.

Slinger (3-3) at Whitefish Bay (5-1) – A win over league-leading Whitefish Bay would get Slinger into the playoffs this season. Like Cedarburg, a win for Slinger over Homestead would almost certainly get the Owls into the playoffs.

In: Whitefish Bay, Hartford, Homestead, Nicolet

Out: West Bend East, West Bend West

Northwoods

Crandon (3-3) at Crivitz (4-2) – If Crandon can beat Crivitz they will secure a postseason spot. A loss would leave Crandon on the bubble with a very low tiebreaker number. In fact, we projected that they would be one of the 3-4 teams to miss the playoffs.

Menominee Indian (2-4) at Coleman (6-0) – Menominee Indian is out if they lose to Coleman. If they are able to score the sizable upset over the league-leading Cougars, Menominee Indian would almost certainly get in on the heels of this win.

In: Coleman, Oconto Falls, Crivitz, Tomahawk

Out: Northern Elite, Northland Pines*

Packerland

Clintonville (3-3) at Oconto (3-3) – The winner gets in, that’s pretty easy. For the loser, they are going to end up on the bubble, without a strong resume to get in. It will be very close, though we projected Oconto to be the one on the bubble and get in as one of the last qualifiers.

In: Kewaunee, Southern Door, Bonduel

Out: Mishicot, Peshtigo, Sturgeon Bay*

Parkland

Wauwatosa East (2-4) at New Berlin Eisenhower (3-3) – An Eisenhower win gets the Lions in and sends Tosa East home for the playoffs. If Tosa East claims victory, both teams end up on the bubble. Tosa East would have a much better chance to get in at 3-4 than Eisenhower, who very likely would be left out if they finish 3-4.

New Berlin West (3-3) at Wauwatosa West (4-2) – If New Berlin West scores a victory they will be in the playoffs. New Berlin West’s playoff future, if they lose, could come down to how Tosa East does; if Tosa East wins, it improves New Berlin West’s chances of getting in at 3-4 considerably. If Tosa East loses (and NB West loses), the Vikings’ chances would be slim.

In: Catholic Memorial, Pewaukee, Wauwatosa West

Out: Milwaukee Lutheran, Pius XI Catholic

Ridge & Valley

In: Highland, Ithaca, De Soto, Wauzeka/Seneca

Out: Boscobel, Hillsboro, Riverdale

Rock Valley

Edgerton (1-5) at McFarland (3-3) – If McFarland wins, they are in. If they lose, their tiebreaker number wouldn’t be great, but probably good enough to get in, especially if Evansville beats Whitewater.

East Troy (2-4) at Jefferson (4-2) – If East Troy loses they are out. If the Trojans win, they are likely going to get in via tiebreakers on the backs of a win over Jefferson.

Evansville (2-4) at Whitewater (0-6) – A loss by Evansville leaves the Blue Devils out. A win puts them on the bubble, where their tiebreaker would be very low, unless East Troy or Edgerton (teams they beat) can score upsets this week to improve the tiebreaker number for Evansville.

In: Monroe, Edgewood, Jefferson

Out: Edgerton, Whitewater

Scenic Bluffs

Luther (3-3) at Brookwood (1-5) – If Luther wins, they are in. Even with a loss they stand a very good chance of making it, as their tiebreaker number would be very good largely on the heels of a win over Bangor a few weeks ago.

Necedah (4-2) at New Lisbon (3-3) – New Lisbon is in with a win. However, if they lose, their first few tiebreaker numbers are very poor and they would be on the low end of the list of 3-4 teams. Our projections have them losing in Week 9 and missing out on the playoffs.

In: Bangor, Cashton, Necedah

Out: Royall, Brookwood

Six Rivers

Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg will receive a forfeit win over Southwestern in Week 9 and finish 3-4 in conference. That leaves the Knights on the bubble as a 3-4 team, where their tiebreaker is pretty solid and will likely get them in.

In: Black Hawk/Warren (IL), Potosi/Cassville, River Ridge

Out: Southwestern, Pecatonica/Argyle, Iowa-Grant

South Central

Poynette (3-3) at Wautoma (2-4) – Poynette is in with a win, which would leave Wautoma out. If Wautoma wins, it puts both teams on the bubble at 3-4. In this scenario, Wautoma’s tiebreaker number would be very weak and likely leave them home, while Poynette almost certainly gets in thanks to last week’s win over Mauston.

Adams-Friendship (3-3) at Platteville (3-3) – If Adams-Friendship wins this crossover, they are in. If they lose, we have the Green Devils getting in still in but it will be very, very close.

In: Wisconsin Dells, Mauston

Out: Westfield, Montello/Princeton/Green Lake

Southeast

Racine Horlick (3-3) at Kenosha Bradford (4-2) – Horlick is in with a win. A loss leaves them on the bubble, where their tiebreaker number wouldn’t be great, but our projections have them getting in at 3-4.

Oak Creek (5-1) at Kenosha Tremper (2-4) – Tremper is out with a loss, while a win over a good Oak Creek team would almost certainly get them in the playoffs as one of the top 3-4 teams in tiebreakers.

Kenosha Indian Trail (2-4) at Racine Park (1-4) – Indian Trail is out with a loss. Our projections have KIT getting in with a win, but they would be one of the last to make it and their spot would be very tenuous.

In: Franklin, Oak Creek, Kenosha Bradford

Out: Racine Park, Racine Case

Southern Lakes

Westosha Central (2-4) at Wilmot (0-6) – Westosha Central is out with a loss. If they win, they would be towards the bottom of the tiebreaker list for 3-4 teams, but our projections have them as one of the last teams in.

Union Grove (6-0) at Elkhorn (2-4) – Elkhorn is out with a loss. A win over league-leading Union Grove has a 99.9% chance of getting the Elks into the playoffs.

In: Union Grove, Badger, Burlington, Waterford

Out: Delavan-Darien, Wilmot

SWAL

Belleville (4-2) at Mineral Point (3-3) – Mineral Point is in with a win. Even if the Pointers lose and finish 3-4, we see them getting in pretty easily thanks to a crossover win against Black Hawk/Warren (IL).

In: Darlington, Cuba City, Belleville, Lancaster

Out: Fennimore, Parkview/Albany

SWC

Adams-Friendship (3-3) at Platteville (3-3) – If Platteville wins this crossover with Adams-Friendship, they are in the playoffs. Even if they lose, a victory last week against Richland Center will provide the Hillmen with a good enough tiebreaker to get in almost certainly.

In: Brodhead/Juda, Prairie du Chien, River Valley, Richland Center

Out: New Glarus/Monticello, Dodgeville

Trailways

Deerfield (2-4) at Johnson Creek (3-3) – A win by Johnson Creek makes things simple – the Bluejays are in and Deerfield is out. If Deerfield claims a victory, both end up at 3-4 in conference, with both having a similar chance of getting in...ok but not great.

Fall River/Rio (3-3) at Cambria-Friesland (4-2) – Fall River/Rio is in with a win. A loss leaves them towards the bottom of the 3-4 tiebreaker heap, and we project they would miss out.

In: Lourdes Academy, Randolph, Cambria-Friesland

Out: Saint John’s Northwestern Academies, Wayland Academy*

Valley Football Association

Stevens Point (5-1) at Marshfield (3-3) – Marshfield is in with a win. Thanks to a replacement non-conference win over Grantsburg, the Tigers stand a good chance to get in the playoffs even if they lose to Stevens Point and finish 3-4. This is because Grantsburg will make the playoffs, giving Marshfield an edge in tiebreaker 2.3c.

Wisconsin Rapids (5-1) at Appleton West (2-4) – Appleton West is out with a loss. With a win, they almost certainly get in due to this hypothetical win over Rapids.

In: Stevens Point, Wausau West, Wisconsin Rapids, D.C. Everest (will receive forfeit win in Wk 9)

Out: Hortonville, Wausau East*

Woodland

Shorewood/Messmer (1-5) at South Milwaukee (2-4) – South Milwaukee is out with a loss. If they win, their tiebreaker would be on the lower end, but did project them as one of the last teams in with a 3-4 conference record.

Greenfield (2-4) at Greendale (6-0) – Greenfield is done with a loss. A win over league-leading Greendale almost certainly gets Greenfield in as one of the top 3-4 conference qualifiers.

In: Greendale, Grafton, Whitnall, Wisconsin Lutheran

Out: Shorewood/Messmer, Cudahy


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Travis Wilson serves as the WisSports.net General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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