The 2018 high school football season is just a few weeks away, but its never too early to start thinking about the playoffs. Enrollment numbers determine divisional placement in the WIAA postseason, but unlike any other sport, football does not have pre-determined divisions at the start of the year. Instead, 224 teams qualify for the playoffs in various ways, and those qualifiers are then broken into 7 divisions of 32 teams each.
The WIAA has released the enrollment figures that will be used in determining this year's playoff divisional placements. These numbers include charter schools as well as co-op figures. Based on those figures and the divisional cutlines from past seasons, we've advanced a very unofficial and very early list of divisional placement for all the teams in the state.
To determine the PROJECTED divisional cutlines, we took the average of each division's cutline from the last four years. We tweaked this to account for cutlines increasing over the last several seasons. We weighted the most recent season more heavily in determining the average.
Remember, these are just projections and official cutlines and divisional placements will NOT be determined until the final game of the regular season is completed.
We also have provided a list of the divisional cutlines for the past nine seasons to show where those lines have been in the past and how they've changed in recent years.
|D1 Low Enrollment||1429||1422||1449||1445||1418||1421||1389||1301||1331||1360||1405|
|D2 Low Enrollment||951||966||953||937||932||936||922||841||878||878||919|
|D3 Low Enrollment||545||540||571||561||528||531||544||504||508||513||557|
|D4 Low Enrollment||372||367||397||393||345||358||362||352||359||336||353|
|D5 Low Enrollment||264||261||290||279||245||266||253||255||252||238||252|
|D6 Low Enrollment||197||194||196||202||194||197||200||194||184||181||195|
|* - Projected|
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