10/21HobokenvsNewark Central-
10/22LakelandvsRidgefield Park-
10/22Indian HillsvsPascack Hills-
10/22High PointvsVernon-
10/22Lenape ValleyvsNewton-
10/22Cedar GrovevsShabazz-
10/22ChathamvsParsippany Hills-
10/22Bergen TechvsTenafly-
10/22DumontvsGlen Ridge-
10/22BloomfieldvsWest Orange-
10/22ColumbiavsEast Side-
10/22DickinsonvsCliffside Park-
10/22Mountain LakesvsMorris Catholic-
10/22North BergenvsWest Side-
10/22North WarrenvsBelvidere-
10/22Paramus Cath.vsDePaul-
10/22Pascack ValleyvsParamus-
10/22Passaic TechvsOld Tappan-
10/22Passaic ValleyvsWest Milford-
10/22Morris HillsvsSparta-
10/22RoxburyvsMount Olive-
10/22TeaneckvsRiver Dell-
10/22Wayne HillsvsWayne Valley-
10/22Union CityvsHudson Catholic-
10/22Newark CollegiatevsCaldwell-
10/23Whippany ParkvsSussex Tech-
10/23West EssexvsNo. Highlands-
10/23West MorrisvsMorris Knolls-
10/23St. Peter's PrepvsPope John-
10/23Don Bosco PrepvsSt. Joe's (Mont.)-
10/23Bergen CatholicvsSeton Hall Prep-
10/23HackettstownvsWallkill Valley-
10/23Fair LawnvsFerris-
10/23Fort LeevsImm. Concept.-
10/23Hanover ParkvsMadison-

Who Has the Toughest Schedule?

With the start of the 2021 season now hours away rather than days or weeks, we thought we'd try something new and take a look at strength of schedule for all 339 teams in New Jersey.  Using the starting Strength Index, we've crunched the numbers to determine who has, on paper, the toughest schedule.

2021 Strength Index Ratings

The 2021 high school football season kicks off in exactly five weeks, and after last year's Covid-induced craziness, a return to normal is more than welcome around New Jersey.  With that in mind, we present the Strength Index for all 339 teams that will field a varsity squad this season.

Strength Index, Power Points and OSI

Obviously, New Jersey's 2020 high school football season has been like no other, and hopefully, we'll welcome back a return to normal next year. As the "Postseason" kicks off this weekend, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at how things would look if this was, in fact, a traditional autumn on the gridiron. Strength Index has been calculated throughout the season, and just as it did this year, will serve as the benchmark to begin next season's rankings.OSI, power points and UPR have also been calculated and published online.  Hopefully, these numbers will give some sort of sense of how teams are stacking up against one another, and what potential playoffs brackets would have looked like under normal circumstances.

Welcome to the 2020 Season (Finally)

The 2020 high school football season will be like no other we've had before, and hopefully, we'll be back to normal in 2021. The playoffs as we know them are essentially taking the year off, replaced officially by Football Postseason Groupings.

Strength Index is Locked In, Including for Out-of-State

As we head into the final weekend of the regular season, please note that Strength Index and OSI calculations have been posted.  As per the 2019 NJSIAA Football Regulations, Strength Index will NOT re-calculate after this week's games have been played.

Explaining Strength Index and OSI

Every offseason, it seems, the road which leads to the high school football playoffs is under repair.  The idea behind so many changes is to make sure that the teams that are most deserving of a playoff berth are rewarded with one. This season's new wrinkle is Opponent's Strength Index, or OSI.  I will do my best to explain that here, but for an official breakdown of how everything is calculated, be sure to read the NJSIAA's 2019 Football Regulations.