"It won’t become crystal clear till the Illinois High School Association officially releases the brackets on Saturday night, but the football playoff picture is looking a lot less fuzzy.
As bracketologist Steve Soucie of The (Kankakee) Daily Journal pored over the Week 8 results and looked ahead to the Week 9 games, he came up with a few conclusions:
* The cutoff for playoff points (the number of wins by a teams’ opponents) for qualifiers for the 256-team field looks to be 38. All teams with 39 or more points should get in, with a few at 38 reaching the postseason and a few missing out on the next tiebreaker of wins by defeated opponents. Among the teams that could be staying home from the postseason if they finish 5-4 are Reavis, Vocational and Wauconda.
* Class 8A may be able to be seeded in two 16-team brackets (north and south). The south wouldn’t require seeding in eight-team quads if the two Metro East qualifiers (O’Fallon and Edwardsville) draw each other in a 16-team scenario.
* Defending 8A champ Mount Carmel seems bound for 7A for the first time since 2005.
“I have them at 223 [of 256], two off the line,” Soucie said. “They’re pretty safe. ... I think you can say with almost [complete] certainty, Mount Carmel is going to be a 7A team. There’s a number of teams in the 8A field that are pretty locked in.”"
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Illinois high school football playoff picture coming into focus