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 7A 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. Theodore (6-0) – HIGH
2. Daphne (5-1) – MEDIUM
3. Baker (4-1) – MEDIUM
4. Murphy (4-2) – LOW
Others that could grab a spot: Fairhope (2-2), Davidson (1-3)
Theodore’s win over Fairhope made it where they only need to win one of their next two region games to lock up the region title…over winless Foley and Mary Montgomery. They take a break from region play this week though.
Daphne is looking good, but still have to play both Baker and Murphy to solidify themselves in a second place spot.
Fairhope is the big question mark. Their only losses are to the top two teams, but they had their game against Davidson postponed to Tuesday, October 20 due to Hurricane Sally. So we have to wait to see where they ultimately fit in the conversation, but they will have to play a lot of games in a short amount of time.
It’s really down to those five teams, Davidson (1-3) just got their first win but can still technically work their way in with four region games left, but they’d have to beat at least either Fairhope or Baker along with Alma Bryant and Mary Montgomery.
1. Auburn (4-0) – HIGH
2. Central-Phenix City (4-1) – HIGH
3. Prattville (3-2) – HIGH
4. Enterprise (2-2) – MEDIUM
Others that could grab a spot: Smiths Station (1-3), Dothan (1-3)
Auburn is still cruising to the region title. They own the tiebreaker with every team behind them. They only need to beat Smiths Station this week to lock up the region title.
Central’s win over Prattville basically locks them in to the second place as long as Auburn doesn’t lose to Smiths Station AND Enterprise. Enterprise beat Smiths Station last week, but Dothan got their only win over winless Jeff Davis. Technically, Enterprise could lose out and Smiths Station/Dothan could win out and make it in, but that is highly unlikely. Enterprise only needs to win this week over Jeff Davis to lock themselves in and eliminate Smiths Station and Dothan (because they beat them both head to head).
1. Thompson (5-0) – HIGH
2. Hoover (5-0) – HIGH
3. Oak Mountain (4-1) – MEDIUM
4. Hewitt-Trussville (3-2) – MEDIUM
Others that could grab a spot: Gadsden City (1-4)
Thompson and Hoover are on a collision course for a region title game at the end of the season. Oak Mountain is the only team that can really throw a wrench in things, but they would have to beat Thompson this week. For now, Oak Mountain is ahead of Hewitt based on record, but as long as Hewitt doesn’t lose this week to Gadsden City, then they will face Hewitt for the third seed in the final week if Hewitt wins out.
The four playoff teams are essentially set, but the order can still be mixed up. Gadsden City can technically win out and get in over Hewitt, since they play each other this week, but everything has to happen just right. Vestavia can win out and get in a tie for fourth but will lose a potential tiebreaker to Hewitt after a close loss this past week. If Tuscaloosa County were to somehow beat Hoover and Spain Park and cause a potential three-way tie with Hewitt and either Gadsden City or Vestavia, they would be fourth based on their win over Hoover as long as Hoover stayed a top 2 team (because that tiebreaker comes before non-region games).
1. Sparkman (4-1) – LOW
2. Austin (4-1) – LOW
3. James Clemens (4-1) – LOW
4. Florence (3-2) – LOW
Others that could grab a spot: Grissom (2-3), Bob Jones (2-3)
Florence got a big win over Sparkman to throw a wrench in things in Region 4. Sparkman remains the top team for now with a win over Austin and a game still to come against James Clemens this week. If they win out they will still be #1.
Florence put themselves in a good position (don’t forget one of their losses is a forfeit to James Clemens), but still have to play Grissom, so the 4th spot is still up for grabs between those two. The final week will determine a lot in this region and Florence still has a chance to move up multiple places. Bob Jones can win out and put themselves at 4-3 with a win over Grissom and Austin, but they had to forfeit to Florence.