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Published: Thursday, Oct. 31 2013 10:40 a.m. MDT

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Pig Skin Fan
Syracuse, UT

Not sure how Davis ended up as the Underdog. But I like all the 5A picks. 4A, I can see Box Elder upsetting Woods Cross. No real supprises in the Picks.

M.T. Noggin
Atlanta, GA

This Parry’s Power Guide is an interesting concept. I wish someone would do that here in our state. However, I do have a couple of questions:

1. If I'm reading this right, does just about every 3AA, 2A and 1A team in the state of Utah make it to the playoffs (except Academies)? (I see at least one team in the playoffs with a (1 - 9) record and a bunch of teams with losing records in both Region and Overall.)

2. For the above Utah High School football classifications, does Utah simply invite everyone and award "participation" trophies for teams in its state football playoffs?

Bear
Somewhere, UT

It looks like this might be the year that South Summit gets over the San Juan curse.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@M.T. Noggin

I see your confusion, let me try to explain if I can. 1) We do not have as many schools as you might see in Georgia, etc. 2) The travel distance between some schools to play each other, even in some of the regions established could be as much as 5 to 6 hours or more on a bus. When it becomes playoff time, the time travel can be even further with home games and region match-ups. 3) Some of our schools vary so much in size that it often becomes unfair, thus the 3AA Region. In years past 3A was dominated by those schools you see in the 3AA Classification this year. Thus the two 3A and 3AA regions. 4) Because of the divided class of schools, the bracket gets oftly small, so to make it at least a 3 game playoff bracket like you see in 1A, 2A, 3A, and 3AA, you have to allow teams in who just don't belong. Sounds lame I know, but it is what we have to do with the number of schools, sizes of the schools, strength of schools, and sizeable brackets. Hope that helped.

eagle
Provo, UT

Only one 1A team didn't make the playoffs (Whitehorse). I think two 2A teams didn't make it and two 3A and 3AA teams didn't make it. Ten 4A teams stayed home while nine 5A teams didn't qualify. Yeah, it's pretty lame and creates a lot of ugly mismatches. The Duchesne-Monument Valley game will be ugly. Whoever Judge is playing will get toasted. Bingham will wax West, most of the games will be over before the half and the mercy rule invoked.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

M.T. noggin and UtahBruin:

1A Football is so small (9 teams) that literally only 1 team doesn't make it to the playoffs. In 2A, it is 2 teams out of 14 that sit out. I still cannot understand why the State Activities folk allow political pressure to force them to do crazy things like make a 9 team 1A division, several of whom played and beat 2A and 3A teams, a small 14 team 2A, and then 2 3A divisions of 12 and then 14 teams. That's 49 teams in 4 divisions. The 2 large classifications have 54 teams total.

If they had simply sent the 4 largest 3AA teams to 4A, since they literally have only 10-50 less kids out of 1000+ than some 4A teams, and then split the lower 45 remaining into 3 groups of 15, it would all work out. We all travel anyway, so that's a silly argument.

Gun smoke 64
Salt Lake City, UT

Rural Sports fan
with the larger 3AA schools in which you are referring too, which are they and what is there 9-12 th grade enrollment?

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Gun Smoke...

the state only counts 10-12, and the 4 schools that "could" go 4A to be with Wasatch, which has 1194, as of OCT 2012, (I didn't check every single one, just checked a few to see how big the gap was) would be Uintah at 1106, Bear River at 1084, Park City at 1083, and Snow Canyon at 1095, with Dixie at 1050, and Desert Hills had 1014.

johnny pigskin
Sandy, UT

Upset special PG over Davis, I will take Highland as well. Just a guess on my part, I think both will be very good games?

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