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Commissioner's Corner: Jim Sartoris breaks down the 2017 league championship, postseason scenarios

Commissioner's Corner: Jim Sartoris breaks down the 2017 league championship, postseason scenarios

Championship Races

It appears that for all six SCFA league championships will be determined in the final games of the 2017 regular season.  There is a possibility that five of our six leagues will have either co or tri champs. Below is a brief breakdown: 

In our American Division – San Diego Mesa (8-1, 4-0) and Southwestern (7-2, 4-0) will play for the Mountain League Championship.  For the Pacific League championship, Hancock (7-2, 4-0) has secured at least a co-championship, but should they lose and Antelope Valley (5-4, 3-1) win, then a co-championship would be declared. Hancock would win the tie-breaker for post-season placement. There is a possible tri-championship scenario for the Metro League- but Santa Ana (6-3, 5-0) controls its own destiny for an outright championship in its showdown game with Pasadena City College (5-4, 4-1). East Los Angeles (6-3, 4-1) still has a chance for a tri-championship if it wins and PCC beats Santa Ana. Tie-breaking for post-season placement purposes, after head-to-head, the RPI ranking is used.  

In the National Division – There is a chance for co or tri championships in all three leagues.  Ventura (7-2, 4-0) can win the outright championship of the Northern League with a victory over Cerritos (3-6, 1-3). If they should lose, then the winner of the Bakersfield (7-2, 3-1) vs. Canyons (7-2, 3-1) would have a share of the Championship.  Ventura wins any tiebreaker because of head to head victors of BC and COC. Riverside (9-0, 4-0) can complete an undefeated season by a victory over Mt. SAC (7-2, 3-1) and an outright championship of the Central League.  However, should Mt. SAC win and Long Beach (6-3,3-1) defeat El Camino (5-4, 2-2), there would be a three-way tie.  The RPI would then be used for tie-breaking purposed for post-season placement.  Fullerton (9-0, 4-0) leads the Southern League and can complete its undefeated season with a victory over Golden West (4-5, 2-2).  Should Fullerton fall, Saddleback (7-2, 3-1) can secure a co-championship with a victory over Orange Coast (2-7, 1-3).  Fullerton would win the tie-breaker for post-season placement.

Playoff and Bowl Game Selection Process

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Playoff/Bowl Game Selection Committee meets to verify the qualifiers to the Regional Playoffs and to select the Bowl Game participants.  The committee consists of the President and VP of the CCCFCA, the MC Football Rep, the Executive Director of the CCCFCA and the NCFC and SCFA Commissioners. 

The selection and seeding process is defined in the Football Championship Handbook.  Please Note: at the CCCAA Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 3, 2017, new language relating to sections of the handbook for Southern California post-season selection and seeding was adopted and now is in effect for this 2017 postseason.  One important change is the seeding process for the Regional Playoffs.  The three champions of the National Division leagues will be seeded ahead of the at-large qualifier.  For bowl games, the committee uses the RPI rankings and the provisions of the handbook to assign bowl game matchups. Three of the bowls will be filled with National Division teams and two of the bowls will be filled with American Division teams as prescribed by the Football Championship Handbook.