And away we go...
We enter Week 9 with 303 teams still eligible for playoff spots.
Step 1: 34 teams are eliminated because of projected Week 9 losses: Rockford Auburn, Blue Island (Eisenhower), Carpentersville (Dundee-Crown), Champaign (St. Thomas More), Chicago (Hubbard), Chicago (Perspectives/Leadership), Danville, Deerfield, Downers Grove (South), Dupo, Elgin (Larkin), Fithian (Oakwood), Freeport (Aquin), Geneseo, Harvey (Thornton), Jerseyville (Jersey), Joliet (Catholic), Kankakee, Lake Forest, LeRoy, Marshall, Norridge (Ridgewood), Oakland (Tri-County), Peoria, Peru (St. Bede), Rochelle, Schaumburg, Sciota (West Prairie), Seneca, Summit (Argo), Villa Grove, Wheaton (North), Winchester (West Central) and Winnebago.
Step 2: This gets us down to 269 teams, meaning 13 more need to be eliminated by playoff points. The current break be 36-37 with 36s all out and all but one 37 in. A second-stage tiebreaker was required to remove Rushville. Those 13 teams are: Westmont, Cuba, Chicago (Marine), Melrose Park (Walther Lutheran), Nokomis, Cambridge (Ridgewood), Peotone, Dwight, Palos Heights (Chicago Christian), Tremont, Casey-Westfield, Oneida (ROWVA) and Rushville.
If any team from Step 1 earns a fifth victory and has more than 37 points, a 37-point team will be removed from the field. In addition, if any of the teams currently in the 256-team field fails to reach an expected five-win total, teams will be pulled from the 36-point group, which currently contains Casey-Westfield, Oneida (ROWVA) and then down the line if needed.
Last team in: Clinton
First team out: Rushville
A note on seeding: There are several situations where two or three teams are tied with the same records, the same playoff points and the same second-stage tiebreaker (number of wins of defeated opponents). There is no official tiebreaker at that point, it is a random computer-generated selection (I flip a coin.)