08/31 @North Fayette Valley
09/07 Charles City
09/14 @Dike-New Hartford
09/21 Benton Community
09/28 Roland-Story, Story City
10/19 @West Marshall, State Center
08/30 @Beckman Catholic, Dyersville
09/06 North Fayette Valley
09/13 @Charles City
09/20 Dike-New Hartford
09/27 @Benton Community
10/04 @Roland-Story, Story City
10/25 West Marshall, State Center
Along with the class re-alignments and the new districts, high school football teams will have a new system for choosing playoff qualifiers this season. While district champions will earn automatic play-off berths as before, a new system will determine the at-large qualifiers. The Iowa High School Athletic Association will end the 17-point tie-breaker system and begin using the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) system.
Similar to that used by NCAA to determine its playoff teams, the RPI uses a formula designed to evaluate a team’s victories and the strength of its opponents. And in another change from previous seasons, the results of all games, including non-district contests, will figure into playoff qualifying calculations.
The association chose to keep the current system of 16 teams in each class, with the last two rounds in each class taking place in the UNI-Dome.
See the Iowa High School Athletic Associations description of the playoff system HERE.