There has been confusion across the state from fans, players and coaches this year on how playoff qualifiers are determined.  The only two factors for getting into the bracket are league races and RPI standings.  Conference champions along with the second place club in the 1A Western Slope earn automatic bids into the bracket.  The remaining open slots are then filled by RPI standings at the end of the regular season.  To help ease the confusion, Colorado Preps uses the RPI released on Sunday and current league standings to develop a list of current qualifiers.

Please note that the list below is not final.  There’s one more week of games in all classes except for 3A (two weeks left there) so the RPI standings will be updated again next Sunday.  League champions already crowned are marked in bold below.

Colorado Preps will also post new consensus rankings either Monday or Tuesday but they do not factor into playoff qualifying.  They can be used by the football committee for seeding ONLY AFTER the playoff qualifiers are determined.





  1. Cheyenne Wells
  2. Granada
  3. Stratton
  4. Idalia
  5. Fleming
  6. Sierra Grande
  7. Cheraw
  8. Arickaree/Woodlin
  9. Prairie
  10. Genoa Hugo
  11. Kim/Branson
  12. Hanover
  13. Briggsdale
  14. Eads
  15. Hi Plains
  16. Mountain Valley


  1. Mancos
  2. Haxtun
  3. Vail Christian
  4. Holly
  5. Sanford
  6. Akron
  7. Sedgwick County
  8. Calhan
  9. Dove Creek
  10. Merino
  11. Swink
  12. Dayspring Christian
  13. Pikes Peak Christian
  14. Crowley County
  15. Hayden
  16. Byers

NOTE:  Byers is 18th in RPI but is a playoff qualifier as the Central league champion.  All conference winners earn a spot in the bracket but are not guaranteed a home game in round one.


  1. Centauri
  2. Buena Vista
  3. Limon
  4. Wray
  5. Florence
  6. Meeker
  7. Wiggins
  8. Strasburg
  9. Gunnison
  10. North Fork
  11. Holyoke
  12. Monte Vista
  13. Highland
  14. Yuma
  15. Peyton
  16. Platte Canyon

NOTE:  Platte Canyon is only 23rd in RPI but they are currently in the bracket as the Foothills champion as they’re alone in first after beating Bennett last week.  They must beat Manual this week to win the crown outright.


  1. Eaton
  2. Resurrection Christian
  3. Classical Academy
  4. Moffat County
  5. Severance
  6. Delta
  7. Bayfield
  8. Basalt
  9. Alamosa
  10. Elizabeth
  11. Brush
  12. University
  13. Platte Valley
  14. Northfield
  15. Kent Denver
  16. Academy


  1. Roosevelt
  2. Fort Morgan
  3. Lutheran
  4. Holy Family
  5. Mead
  6. Palisade
  7. Pueblo East
  8. Durango
  9. Pueblo South
  10. Evergreen
  11. Discovery Canyon
  12. Northridge
  13. Frederick
  14. Pueblo County
  15. Steamboat Springs
  16. Thomas Jefferson

NOTE:  Green Mountain is 16th in RPI and currently tied with Lutheran atop the North Central 1 conference so they could be considered a playoff qualifier this week but we gave Lutheran the league title since they’re higher in RPI.  If they were alone in first, the Rams would be in the bracket and Steamboat Springs would be off the list.


  1. Montrose
  2. Pine Creek
  3. Palmer Ridge
  4. Erie
  5. Chatfield
  6. Dakota Ridge
  7. Vista Ridge
  8. Ponderosa
  9. Loveland
  10. Fountain Fort Carson
  11. Bear Creek
  12. Golden
  13. Pueblo West
  14. Denver South
  15. Fruita Monument
  16. Mesa Ridge
  17. Skyline
  18. Longmont
  19. Broomfield
  20. Cheyenne Mountain
  21. Aurora Central
  22. Windsor
  23. Vista Peak
  24. Brighton

NOTE:  Falcon is 21st in RPI but would not be in the bracket this week as the I-25 conference gets only one bid this year.  Cheyenne Mountain currently leads the race by one game over Falcon and Widefield but only one of those three teams can get in.


  1. Valor Christian
  2. Legend
  3. Ralston Valley
  4. Cherry Creek
  5. Arapahoe
  6. Grandview
  7. Regis
  8. Pomona
  9. Arvada West
  10. ThunderRidge
  11. Columbine
  12. Fort Collins
  13. Legacy
  14. Cherokee Trail
  15. Castle View
  16. Fairview
  17. Chaparral
  18. Douglas County
  19. Lakewood
  20. Smoky Hill
  21. Mountain Vista
  22. Mullen
  23. Fossil Ridge
  24. Metro 2 champion

NOTE:  Even though the Metro 2 conference does not have a team in the top 24, the league will send its champion into the playoffs.  Right now, Far Northeast and Overland have the conference lead and they’re currentl 31st and 32 in RPI.  Denver East is #33 and Prairie View #37.  All four remain alive for the league crown.