Now that every team in the state has played at least one game (finally), it's time to unveil the first United Power Rankings of the season. As a quick refresher, UPR is determined by ranking teams according to both Power Points (40%) and Opponents' Strength Index, or OSI (60%). A detailed explanation on how to calculate Power Points, Strength Index, OSI and UPR can be found on the NJSIAA’s Football Regulations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.