Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Bracketology: South 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 EIGHT teams in North/South will qualify for the playoffs.
For a reminder about point-system calculations, here is how the totals are added up for teams in North/South:
12 Points for a win over a team in a higher division
10 Points for a win over a team in the same division, or a win over a team from outside the North or South (including out-of-state opponents*)
8 Points for a win over a team in a lower division
3 Points for every win an opponent that you have beaten has
1 Point for every win an opponent that you lost to has
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 1 South 1. Xaverian (2-0), 14.5 points
2. Bridgewater-Raynham (2-1), 9.67 points
3. Attleboro (2-0), 9.5 points
4. Catholic Memorial (1-1), 8.5 points
5. New Bedford (1-1), 7.5 points
T-6. Newton North (1-1), 6 points
T-6. Brockton (1-1), 6 points
8. Franklin (1-1), 5.5 points
Analysis: Another week, another number-one team in our top 25 poll. Xaverian didn’t just beat Bridgewater-Raynham last Saturday -- they annihilated them. Their 49-13 victory over the Trojans inserted Xaverian into the top spot in Division 1 south with a score of 14.5 points. Attleboro, 2-0 through three weeks, will start league play in a loaded Hockomock Kelley-Rex this weekend when they host Franklin on Friday night.
Analysis: Division 2 South may very well be the closest division in the state, and one should expect it to remain that way once the majority of the teams above start league play this weekend. There are several good head-to-head matchups Friday night that will shake up the point standings going into next week: top-seeded Natick hosts Wellesley, Taunton will play King Philip at home, and Mansfield will play host to North Attleboro.
Analysis: Plymouth North and Nauset will be watching each other closely up until their showdown on Oct. 11, as they currently hold the top two seeds in the Division 3 Southeast. Plymouth South will have a short trip to third-seeded Plymouth North this weekend, meanwhile Nauset will play host to Dennis-Yarmouth. Look for somebody from the bottom of the standings to move up a couple spots this weekend, Falmouth-Marshfield could end up being one of the better games of the weekend.
Analysis: Hopkinton’s running attack rolled all over Nipmuc last weekend, enabling them to move up a few spots to number three in the standings. They still trail Oliver Ames and North Attleboro, though. NA will have a huge opportunity to make a statement against a Mansfield team who is considered to be one of the state’s best squads. Meanwhile, Oliver Ames will take on Hockomock Davenport rival Foxboro on Friday. Be on the lookout for another dominant defensive performance from Stoughton this Friday, they’ll travel to Milford for their first league game of the season.
Analysis: Norton still sits atop the standings in Division 4 South, and the Lancers will look to keep their undefeated streak going this Friday night against TVL Large opponent Medway. Apponequet’s defense has been outstanding thus far this season, allowing just 14 points in three games played; they’ll take their talents to Dartmouth this weekend, hoping to pick up a 12-point addition in the standings if they can pick up the victory.
Analysis: Both with wins over teams in higher divisions, East Bridgewater and Dover-Sherborn are knotted for first place atop the Division 5 South standings. D-S will host winless Bellingham on Friday night and East Bridgewater will travel to seventh-seeded Rockland in a game that could potentially shake up the standings a little bit going into next week. Keep a close eye on the Archbishop Williams/Cardinal Spellman game this weekend. With an upset, Archies can insert themselves into the playoff picture going forward.
Analysis: Traveling to 1-1 Hull this weekend, Cohasset will be looking to keep their spot atop the Division 6 South standings. Right behind them though is Bishop Connolly, who may have the toughest game of the weekend in D6 when they play host to Blue Hills on Saturday afternoon. Millis-Hopedale will be hoping for a Connolly loss, because with a win over Ashland on Friday they would take over the second seed.