It’s time for JoxPreps Bracketology for the 2020 season!
This has been quite the season! We are inching closer to the playoffs and with our bracketology, we like to take a look at how we feel the brackets could play out with only a few weeks left in region play. Below is the bracket as we see it here at JoxPreps. This is nothing more than us looking at the numbers so far and projecting where teams could finish. These current placings are a mix of current standings, projections and our opinion – none of this is set in stone yet. As we near the end of the season, teams will begin to lock up playoff spots, and we will make sure to note when that happens.
With each team listed in the bracket, we have given a confidence grade. This shows how confident we are that a team will finish in a certain spot. A “HIGH” grade means that we feel they will almost assuredly finish in that spot. A “MEDIUM” grade means that we feel that the team will most likely finish somewhere around where we have them listed, maybe a spot or two off depending on future results. A “LOW” grade means that things are still way up in the air and this is only an opinion from us, but there is a lot that still has to play out.
Here is the JoxPreps bracketology for Class 6A as of right now:
* – Teams marked in red are locked into that position
LOCKED = Locked into that position no matter what
HIGH = Most likely will finish where they are
MEDIUM = Most likely will finish within a spot or two of where our projections have them
LOW = May be in good position now, but things could drastically change with just one or two results
1. Spanish Fort (4-0) – HIGH
2. Saraland (3-1) – HIGH
3. McGill-Toolen (3-1) – MEDIUM
4. Blount (3-1) – MEDIUM
Others that could grab a spot: None
Spanish Fort got a big win over Saraland this weekend to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the region title. They still have to face Blount and McGill-Toolen, but Saraland has already beaten those teams to put the Spartans firmly in second place.
McGill-Toolen and Blount only have losses to Saraland and still have to face Spanish Fort and each other. Assuming Spanish Fort wins, the winner of the game between Blount/McGill-Toolen will determine third place with the loser in fourth.
Mathematically, other teams are alive at 1-3, but they would have to pull off multiple upsets just to be considered. We’ll revisit after this week.
1. Opelika (4-0) – HIGH
2. Carver-Montgomery (3-1) – MEDIUM
3. Lee-Montgomery (3-1) – MEDIUM
4. Eufaula (2-2) – MEDIUM
Others that could grab a spot: Park Crossing (2-2), Valley (2-2)
Opelika is looking good so far in this region as they have won out. They only need to beat Lee-Montgomery this week and one other team to lock up the region title. Carver beat Lee this week to put themselves in second place, especially with Lee still needing to face Opelika.
There are three teams tied for fourth, but Eufaula has already beaten Park Crossing and Valley to hold the tiebreaker over them. If Eufaula beats Carver, they will have a chance at second place being 3-0 in non-region play should it get to that tiebreaker. If they lose to Carver, they only need to win out over two 0-4 teams to make the playoffs and hope Park Crossing and Valley don’t upset Opelika.
1. Pelham (4-0) – HIGH
2. Stanhope Elmore (3-1) – MEDIUM
3. Wetumpka (2-1) – MEDIUM
4. Helena (2-2) – MEDIUM
Others that could grab a spot: Calera (1-2)
Pelham has been strong this season, only falling in non-region play to 7A Oak Mountain in a close game. They beat Stanhope Elmore earlier, got a forfeit win over neighboring Helena and just beat Wetumpka this past weekend. This is the closest thing to a lock we have at this stage in the season, but they only need to beat winless Benjamin Russell this week to win the region championship.
Stanhope and Wetumpka face off at the end of the season, but Helena is a team that is hanging around too. Unfortunately Helena had to forfeit their game to Pelham due to COVID, but they have a chance to still work their way into a higher seed. If they beat Calera this week, that eliminates Calera and at least locks in the four teams. Then it’s up to Stanhope who still has Helena and Wetumpka left after an off week this week. Seeds 2-4 could finish in multiple different orders.
1. McAdory (3-0) – LOW
2. Northridge (3-1) – LOW
3. Hueytown (2-1) – LOW
4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (2-1) – LOW
Others that could grab a spot: None
This is an interesting region because the best team all season has looked like Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa…except for their 28-24 loss to Hueytown. McAdory started slow but has rattled off an undefeated region schedule so far, but they still have to face all three of the other teams in the top 4 with them.
Northridge was also undefeated, although they stepped down in classification in their non-region games, but fell by 28 to Hillcrest. Hueytown is 2-4 on the season despite upsetting Hillcrest, but that includes two forfeit losses, including a region game to Bessemer City.
This week will tell us more, but it’s most likely going to be these four teams – it can just finish in literally any order.
1. Briarwood (4-0) – MEDIUM
2. Mountain Brook (3-0) – MEDIUM
3. Homewood (3-0) – MEDIUM
4. Huffman (1-3) – MEDIUM
Others that could grab a spot: Chelsea (1-2)
One of the few regions with three unbeatens left, and it’s three high profile programs still fighting for the region title. Mountain Brook travels to Briarwood to eliminate one of them, then Homewood plays each of them to end the season.
Huffman and Chelsea play this week and the winner most likely grabs the fourth seed. Shades Valley has a chance, with an upset of Homewood this week, to still make a run to the playoffs.
1. Clay-Chalkville (4-0) – HIGH
2. Pinson Valley (4-0) – HIGH
3. Minor (2-2) – MEDIUM
4. Gardendale (1-2) – LOW
Others that could grab a spot: Jackson-Olin (1-2)
Clay-Chalkville and Pinson Valley are on a collision course for the region title again, no shock there. Clay was just the beneficiary of a Jackson-Olin forfeit, and if they beat Mortimer Jordan this week, will at least lock up a home game in the first round.
Behind those two, Minor only has two five-point losses to Clay and Pinson, so they are looking like the third best team in the region. They play Gardendale this week where the winner puts themselves in a great position for the playoffs. Jackson-Olin still has both Gardendale and Minor left, and they are 3-1 in games they have played, but that only includes one region game, a 42-14 win over Mortimer Jordan.
1. Oxford (3-0) – HIGH
2. Fort Payne (3-0) – HIGH
3. Arab (2-2) – LOW
4. Southside-Gadsden (2-2) – LOW
Others that could grab a spot: Springville (1-2), Scottsboro (1-3)
Oxford has been dominant this season in region play, but are on course for a region title showdown with Fort Payne at the end of the region schedule.
Meanwhile, Arab has the tiebreak win over Southside-Gadsden, but has to play Oxford still. Southside has the win over Scottsboro who beat Arab. Springville still has a chance with a game against Pell City and Arab where they can win. The bottom two seeds are still way up in the air.
1. Muscle Shoals (4-0) – MEDIUM
2. Cullman (4-0) – MEDIUM
3. Athens (3-1) – MEDIUM
4. Buckhorn (3-1) – HIGH
Others that could grab a spot: Hartselle (2-2)
Muscle Shoals hasn’t lost on the field yet, their only loss is a forfeit loss in non-region play. Cullman just fell to Mars Hill out of 2A in non-region play. That’s the only reason Muscle Shoals is ahead right now. They play each other at the end of the season for the top spot. They also each have to play one of the teams below them (Cullman vs. Athens, Muscle Shoals vs. Buckhorn). Buckhorn and Athens play this week to separate those two.
Hartselle is still alive but has to win two of the next three which include Muscle Shoals and Buckhorn.