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Commissioner's Corner: Sartoris breaks down postseason scenarios

SCFA Commissioner Jim Sartoris
SCFA Commissioner Jim Sartoris

Championship Races

A brief review with one game to play: There appears to be a possibility of co-championships in four of our six leagues. In the American Division – Chaffey (9-1, 6-0) has secured the Metro League championship and qualifies for a bowl game. San Bernardino Valley (8-1,4-0) will win the Mountain League Championship with a win over Desert (4-5,1-3), however should SBVC lose and Citrus (6-3,3-1) beat Mt. San Jacinto (7-2,2.2) SBVC and Citrus would be co-champs.  SBVC would win the tie-breaker and qualify for a bowl.  In the Pacific League, Hancock (8-1,4-0) has secured at least a co-championship, but should they lose to LA Harbor (3-6.1-3) and LA Pierce (5-4,3-1) beat Santa Monica (4-5,3-1), Hancock and Pierce would be co-champions. Hancock would win the tie breaker and qualify for a bowl game.

In the National Division – There is a possibility of a three-way tie for the championship in the Central Division.  El Camino (7-2,4-0) can secure an out-right championship with a win over Cerritos (6-3,3-1), however a Cerritos win and a Palomar (6-3,3-1) win over SD Mesa (4-5,1-3) would result in a three-way tie. RPI would then be used as the tie breaker for placement in the Regional playoffs. Should Cerritos win and Palomar lose, then Cerritos and El Camino would be co-champs, but Cerritos would win the head-to-head tie breaker for Regional Playoffs.  The Southern League championship is on the line when Riverside (9-0,4-0) plays Saddleback (6-3,4-0).  The winner is league champion and qualifies for Regional Playoffs.  In the Northern League, Canyons (9-0,4-0) can secure an out-right championship and a spot the Regional playoffs with a win over Bakersfield (6-3, 3-1).  However, a Bakersfield win and a Ventura (8-1,3-1) win over Long Beach (4-5,1-3) would result in the three-way tie. RPI would be used as a tie breaker for Regional playoff placement.

New Power Ranking Formula

Before the 2018 season started, a new Power Ranking Formula was approved.  The formula was recommended by the SCFA Competition Committee and approved by the SCFA Executive Committee.

On August 28th the new RPI structure was sent to all SCFA member colleges.

Season records will be used to rank each team.  The National Division teams will be ranked on their entire 10 game regular season win/loss record.  The American Division teams will be ranked on their 9 game American division record (their crossover game with a National team will not be calculated). 

A tie breaking system will be employed - which considers first head to head record and then a point system will be used in calculating wins over teams with .500 records or better.  Additional tie-breaking procedures will be employed if needed. 

Playoff and Bowl Game Selection Process

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Playoff/Bowl Game Selection Committee meets to verify the qualifiers to the Regional Playoffs and to select the Bowl Game participants.  The committee consists of the President and VP of the CCCFCA, the MC Football Rep, the Executive Director of the CCCFCA and the NCFC and SCFA Commissioners. 

The selection and seeding process is defined in the Football Championship Handbook. For Regional Playoffs, the three National Division League champions will be seeded using the RPI ranking and one At-Large National team will selected using the RPI rankings and seeded 4th in the playoffs.   For Bowl games, the committee uses the RPI rankings and the provisions of the handbook to assign bowl game matchups. Three of the bowls will be filled with National Division Teams and two of the bowls will be filled with American Division teams as prescribed by the Football Championship Handbook.


Jim Sartoris
Southern California Football Association