It’s a new football playoff system this year and coach Nthan Wotta of Carrollton is ready to get his team in gear to bid for a post-season spot.

I don’t know enough about the new system, but what I do know is that we had to sign schools that have a similar enrollment to ours. Many of the teams we see have a smaller enrollment, and if this system was implemented last year we wouldn’t have made the playoffs, we would have been the 5th team left out in Division 5. I feel that my kids work too hard and compete too hard to be left out, so I tried to do what I could as a coach to put us in the best position to win games and make playoffs,” Wotta said.

Under the old system, playoff divisions were set on Selection Sunday, after the 256-team field has been determined. Now equal divisions are set prior to the season. 543 schools played 11-player football in 2018; each Division would have had 67- 68 teams.

Under the old system, automatic qualifiers were set with 6 wins, or 5 wins with an 8-game schedule. Now there are no automatic qualifiers.

Under the old system, a team had to have, to be considered for the playoffs 5 wins or 4 wins with an 8-game schedule.

All teams now are considered under the new system. The top 32 teams are determined by playoff points.

Under the old system, additional qualifiers were determined… By playoff points, adding a Class A team, then Class B, then Class C, etc. There’s no additional qualifiers under the new system.

Under the old system, points for a win were points for a win Class A = 80 points; Class B = 64 points; Class C = 48 points; Class D = 32 points. Under the new system, it’s Div 1 = 60 points Div 2 = 55 points Div 3 = 50 points Div 4 = 45 points Div 5 = 40 points Div 6 = 35 points Div 7 = 30 points Div 8 = 25 points.

Under the old system, bonus points for opponents wins and losses Team A gets more points (8) for each win by an opponent. Team A defeats, and less points (1) for each win by an opponent Team A was defeated by.

Under the new system, Team A gets points for each of its opponents wins, regardless of whether or not Team A defeated the opponent.

Bonus Point Multiplier was 8 or 1 under the old system. Under the new system, the multiplier changes depending on the size of each opponent: Div 1 = 6 points Div 2 = 6 points Div 3 = 5 points Div 4 = 5 points Div 5 = 4 points Div 6 = 4 points Div 7 = 3 points Div 8 = 3 points.