Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Bracketology: West Playoff Picture, Week 3
By Chris Bradley
ESPNBoston.com presents the latest in our weekly Bracketology series, where we map out what the MIAA playoff picture would look like if playoffs started tomorrow. A reminder before reading: the Bracketology segment DOES NOT include teams who are currently in the playoff chase, as the top FOUR teams in Western Mass. will qualify for the playoffs.
For a reminder about point-system calculations, here is how the totals are added up for teams in Western Mass:
16 Points for defeating a team more than two divisions higher (excluding mandated games)
14 Points for defeating a team two divisions higher (excluding mandated games)
12 Points for defeating a team one division higher (excluding mandated games)
10 Points for defeating a team within your division, for defeating a team within your league (including mandatory crossovers), for defeating a team outside of Massachusetts
8 Points for defeating a team in one division lower (excluding mandated games)
6 Points for defeating a team in two divisions lower (excluding mandated games)
4 Points for defeating a team in more than two divisions lower (excluding mandated games)
2 Points for each of your opponent’s wins (a team you have defeated)
After adding up your team’s point total, divide the total number by the number of games your team has played.
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For a refresher on how the playoff system will work, check out our three-part "Taking the Field" series from the preseason HERE.
Division 2 West T-1. Minnechaug (2-0), 9 points
T-1. Westfield (2-0), 9 points
3. Springfield Central (1-1), 7 points
4. Longmeadow (2-1), 5.33 points
Analysis: Springfield Central had quite a comeback week following their close loss to Eastern Mass. power Everett, as the Golden Eagles put a 49-0 beating on East Longmeadow. Westfield, behind a dominant rushing attack, beat West Springfield this past week. Westside will have another tough one this weekend when they travel to Wilbraham to take on Minnechaug. Westfield will try to keep their momentum going this weekend against Putnam, one week before a huge showdown with Minnechaug. Cody Williams and Central will play Holyoke at home on Friday with a chance to make up some points in the standings.
Analysis: Similarly to last week’s evaluation, the Division 4 West chase has been quite unspectacular. Agawam, fresh off a 20-14 win over Chicopee, will have a bye this weekend before traveling to Amherst on October 4th. Wahconah has put up 64 points over the last two weeks, both of which were blowout victories—the Warriors will host Lee on Friday night.
Division 5 West T-1. Pittsfield (3-0), 11.33 points
T-1. Hoosac Valley (3-0), 11.33 points
3. Easthampton (2-0), 9 points
4. Mount Greylock (2-1), 8 points
Analysis: This Friday’s showdown between Pittsfield and Mount Greylock could prove to be crucial for the points landscape in Division 5 West. The Mounties’ only loss came to Hoosac Valley this past week, and they’ll be looking for a win this weekend to avoid dropping out of the top four. Hoosac Valley, with a win over Monument Mountain and a Pittsfield loss this coming weekend, would take over sole possession of the top spot.
Division 6 West 1. McCann Tech (2-0), 13 points
2. Turners Falls (2-0), 12 points
T-3. Lee (2-1), 8.67 points
T-3. Ware (2-1), 8.67 points
Analysis: Following a McCann Tech bye week, there was no movement at the top in Division 6 West. The Hornets will take on a winless Smith Academy squad this Friday night, while Turners Falls will look to stay undefeated when they host Frontier. Ware has a bye this weekend, and Lee will be walking the tightrope, as they only hold a slight lead on Greenfield (8 points) and Franklin County Tech (8 points) going into Friday.