OSN Time Out
Josh Callaway. October 30th, 2020
With two weeks remaining in the 2020 high school football season before the playoffs, one of
the new features of this crazy year is now in effect: the coaches rankings.
As we discussed last week, one of the major changes to this year’s postseason format is that
districts that did not complete all their games will have the option to instead use a coaches poll to
determine seeding rather than straight district standings.
This is a somewhat controversial move as it relies on every coach to vote honestly and not try to
orchestrate things to their benefit.
I did tend to think it would work out just fine and was a logical move since the district standings
simply weren’t always going to accurately reflect who the best teams were this season due to
canceled games and teams playing unbalanced schedules.
Today, let’s go through each class to touch on which districts are currently using this new
seeding method and highlight some of the biggest differences in their first rankings from the
There are a couple discrepancies in 6A, but the most obvious comes in District 1 in 6A-II.
At the top of the standings are the Midwest City Bombers…but at the top of the rankings it is
This is where the poll is better for this season, because Stillwater is only behind Midwest City
due to having played one less district game this year.
Now, these two teams play each other tonight (on the Oklahoma Sports Network) so it will be
worked out anyway – but if the matchup had been one of the games canceled this would be
hugely important for playoff seeding that we used the poll rather than the standings.
The same thing is true in District 2 in 6A-II, where everyone knows the Bixby Spartans are the
best team in Oklahoma this year outside of maybe Owasso.
But, due to cancellations, they are actually third in the standings – the poll has them rightfully at
5A currently is not using the district polling system, if that changes we’ll be sure to update you
in the coming weeks.
As it stands now the four district leaders are El Reno, Carl Albert, Coweta, and Collinsville.
In 4A District 1 lies one of the biggest differences between standings and rankings that you’ll
find with the Bethany Bronchos.
In the standings, Bethany sits in second place with a 3-2 district record. However, with losses to
Cache and Newcastle and a resume not as strong as Weatherford and Clinton – they sit fifth in
This. Is. Why. The. Poll. Exists.
To fix issues in the standings just like that. The flip of that situation is the Newcastle Racers,
who have some impressive victories this year but due to game cancellations sit fifth in the
standings – but are much better placed at third in the rankings.
The other districts in 4A using the coaches ranking system mostly reflect the district standings, at
least at the top. But, that could change over the next couple of weeks.
The only district in 3A using the polling system right now is District 1, where the top three are
the same in both the standings and the rankings.
Heritage Hall at the top, followed by Kingfisher and Anadarko.
The next spot is a bit tricky as Bridge Creek sits fourth in the standings (a playoff team in a
normal year), but is all the way down in SEVENTH in the rankings.
If you are wondering why, they only sit 2-4 overall with a 1-1 mark in district play – with that
one win coming over winless Douglass.
Of 2A’s eight districts, only two of them are currently using the coaches poll system – Districts 3
An obvious big benefit of the polls over the standings is the ability to properly take into account
In District 3, Christian Heritage sits in second place with Community Christian in third in the
However, Community Christian beat Christian Heritage back on October 15th. So, the rankings
have them flip flopped.
District 4 doesn’t have any huge differences, with the most notable being Lindsay and Davis
switching in the rankings at third and fourth.
The standings have Davis at No. 3 and Lindsay at No. 4 – the rankings are the opposite.
Class A has five of their eight districts currently using the coaches rankings to determine their
playoff seeding in Districts 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7.
District 3 has a change up top, with Cashion properly being ranked at No. 1 despite being second
in the standings due to playing one less district game than Tonkawa.
The same is true in District 6, where Pawnee sits at No. 1 in the rankings ahead of No. 2
Woodland instead of the opposite like the standings have it.
Class B has two districts using the poll system with Districts 2 and 6.
Ringwood was voted the top of District 2 despite sitting behind Cherokee in the standings.
Meanwhile, District 6 houses one of the biggest differences between standings and rankings in
the entire state with Watts.
Watts currently sits in first place in the district standings with a 2-0 district record and 4-1
However, they are all the way down in FIFTH in the rankings which is obviously a mighty fall.
Voted at the top of the district is Summit Christian who is undefeated on the season at 5-0.
Class C does not currently have any teams using the coaches rankings.
The district leaders at this point in the standings are Waynoka, Mt. View-Gotebo, Timberlake,
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