Monday, November 10, 2014

NHIAA Releases Updated Football Tournament Brackets

The NHIAA released a press release about an hour ago with the updated tournament brackets for the D-I, D-II and D-III football playoffs. It said the following:

"Due to the tie between Pinkerton Academy and Bedford High School for Division I additional time was needed to ensure that the Division I Tournament Bracket was accurate. The NHIAA utilize By-Law Article XX: Football, Sect. 6: Tournament Selection and Sect. 7: Tie Breaking Procedures when seeding for the tournament. The Division I Football tie between Pinkerton Academy and Bedford High School went out to step A; 4: Quality of wins against tournament teams in division including all teams involved in a tie for the last position."

As a result of the tie-breaker, Pinkerton is the #1 seed and will host BG, while Bedford is the #2 seed and will host Exeter on Saturday. All of the tournament brackets are now up on the NHIAA website.

Basically, Pinkerton is getting the #1 spot because they have "more wins against tournament teams in division including all teams involved in a tie for the last position." In other words, Nashua South missed the playoffs but since they finished in a tie with Alvirne and BG they are still considered a "tournament team". So those 3 wins are being counted in Pinkerton's favor, yet the 2 wins Bedford had over Memorial and Goffstown (who both had better records than BG, South and Alvirne) are not being taken into account.

Both Exeter and Pinkerton are 10-0. Neither has a common opponent. But when you look closer it actually appears as though Bedford played a tougher schedule. Bedford won 6 games over teams who finished with a winning record (Exeter, Portsmouth, Memorial, Goffstown, and Concord twice) while Pinkerton only won 3 games over teams who finished with a winning record (Londonderry twice and Salem once).

The current NHIAA tie-breaking procedure would work well IF the division's top 8 teams made the playoffs. But they did not.



4 comments:

  1. Yet another reason the football playoff system in this state is a joke!!

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  2. Looks like it's "Back to the Drawing Board" (yet again!) for the Playoff committee.

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  3. So... who @ NHIAA has a kid who goes to Pinkerton or Exeter? All of the NH sports sites and everyone agrees that it shouldn't have made it past tie breaker rule # 3.

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  4. Seriously, I would like to know if any of the NHIAA staff has a kid that goes to Pinkerton or Exeter.

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