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New Playoff Formula Debuts For Iowa High School Football

College basketball may no longer be using a Ratings Percentage Index to help determine which teams make the NCAA Tournament but the R-P-I is coming to high school football and for the first time since district football was installed all nine games will count toward the playoffs. Todd Tharp of the Iowa High School Athletic Association says three factors will be considered.

Tharp says the R-P-I will be posted on the association’s website the week of September 10 and will be updated weekly.

The new system means non district games will be part of the equation and Tharp says teams will not be penalized for playing teams from smaller classes.

Tharp says the R-P-I will be used to determine at-large bids and winning or sharing a district title will get a team into the playoffs automatically.

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