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Eight weeks are in the books for the 2021 Florida high school football season and the FHSAA has released their latest look at the RPI football playoff rankings as we head into Week 9 of the season.

As such this update provides the entire state a glimpse of what the potential playoff matchups could be looking like come the second week of November, but remember things change, as we still have three weeks worth of games (including this week) to go, however, the playoff picture is starting to become much more clearer with few games left.

In Classes 5A-8A, district record was taken into consideration except on certain exceptions which are noted.

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For Class 8A, you will find a breakdown of RPI rankings for each team in every region and a projected seeding (including tiebreakers) based upon the guidelines as published by the FHSAA (click here to view), as well as quick thoughts about each region.

REGION 1

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Lake Mary 7-0 0.739
2 Bartram Trail 6-1 0.719
3 Seminole (Sanford) 7-1 0.706
4 Winter Park 5-2 0.633
5 DeLand 3-2 0.632
6 Creekside 6-2 0.618
7 Ocoee 5-1 0.613
8 Apopka 5-2 0.604
9 Timber Creek 6-2 0.595
10 Mandarin 4-4 0.578
11 Oviedo 5-3 0.556
12 Lake Brantley 4-3 0.553
13 Oakleaf 4-3 0.542
14 Flagler Palm Coast 2-4 0.519
15 Hagerty 3-4 0.457
16 Sandalwood 2-5 0.456
17 University 2-5 0.438
18 Evans 2-6 0.421
19 West Port 0-7 0.390
20 Colonial 2-5 0.358

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPS
This is based on current district standings and taking the highest-rated team among the district standings if they have won district games. Should a district not have any district games played as of yet, the highest-rated team will be mythically slotted in as a district champion for projection purposes only. Teams highlighted in red have officially clinched their district championship. 

8A-1: Bartram Trail – No. 2
8A-2: Lake Mary- No. 1
8A-3: Apopka – No. 3
8A-4: Timber Creek – No. 4

PROJECTED REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS

No. 8 Creekside vs. No. 1 Lake Mary
No. 5 Seminole vs. No. 4 Timber Creek
No. 6 Winter Park vs. No. 3 Apopka
No. 7 DeLand vs. No. 2 Bartram Trail

QUICK THOUGHTS: There is still a lot that needs to happen in this region and a lot that can change with some big-time district games this week and next week that will decide a lot of the sending. For now, Lake Mary leads the way as the top team in the region, while Bartram Trail is not too far behind the Rams.

REGION 2

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Palm Beach Central 6-0 0.707
2 Treasure Coast 5-1 0.660
3 Boone 5-2 0.621
4 Vero Beach 4-2 0.618
5 Palm Beach Gardens 5-2 0.586
6 Forest Hill 4-2 0.553
7 Wellington 4-2 0.538
8 Park Vista 5-1 0.536
9 Centennial 4-3 0.530
10 Lake Nona 4-3 0.521
11 Jupiter 3-4 0.451
12 Freedom (Orlando) 4-4 0.445
13 Fort Pierce Central 3-5 0.443
14 Oak Ridge 3-4 0.436
15 Royal Palm Beach 0-6 0.406
16 Palm Beach Lakes 0-7 0.380
17 Tohopekaliga 2-6 0.380
18 Santaluces 1-5 0.358
19 Lake Worth 0-6 0.326
20 John I. Leonard 1-6 0.316
21 Cypress Creek (Orlando) 2-5 0.302

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPS
This is based on current district standings and taking the highest-rated team among the district standings if they have won district games. Should a district not have any district games played as of yet, the highest-rated team will be mythically slotted in as a district champion for projection purposes only. Teams highlighted in red have officially clinched their district championship. 

8A-5: Boone – No. 3
8A-6: Treasure Coast – No. 2
8A-7: Palm Beach Central – No. 1
8A-8: Forest Hill – No. 4

PROJECTED REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS

No. 8 Park Vista vs. No. 1 Palm Beach Central
No. 5 Vero Beach vs. No. 4 Forest Hill
No. 6 Palm Beach Gardens vs. No. 3 Boone
No. 7 Wellington vs. No. 2 Treasure Coast

QUICK THOUGHTS: We got some interesting things going on in this region with Palm Beach Central is leading the way at the No. 1 seed while No. 2 Treasure Coast is not far behind trying to content for that top spot. A lot of things are going to happen here in the next three weeks, so buckle for a wild ride with this region.

REGION 3

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Venice 7-0 0.755
2 Riverview (Sarasota) 6-1 0.718
3 West Orange 7-1 0.669
4 Newsome 5-2 0.633
5 Osceola (Kissimmee) 6-1 0.625
6 Durant 7-1 0.612
7 Plant 5-2 0.580
8 Steinbrenner 4-4 0.579
9 Plant City 4-3 0.577
10 Sarasota 4-3 0.550
11 Olympia 4-3 0.543
12 Gulf Coast 3-4 0.527
13 Dr. Phillips 2-6 0.526
14 Alonso 4-3 0.490
15 East Lake 2-6 0.489
16 Celebration 4-3 0.481
17 Lakewood Ranch 2-5 0.480
18 Palm Harbor University 3-4 0.471
19 Riverview (Riverview) 2-5 0.405
20 Windermere 2-5 0.395

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPS
This is based on current district standings and taking the highest-rated team among the district standings if they have won district games. Should a district not have any district games played as of yet, the highest-rated team will be mythically slotted in as a district champion for projection purposes only. Teams highlighted in red have officially clinched their district championship. 

8A-9: West Orange – No. 2
8A-10: Newsome – No. 3
8A-11: Steinbrenner – No. 4
8A-12: Venice – No. 1

PROJECTED REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS

No. 8 Plant vs. No. 1 Venice
No. 5 Riverview (Sarasota) vs. No. 4 Steinbrenner
No. 6 Osceola vs. No. 3 Newsome
No. 7 Durant vs. No. 2 West Orange

QUICK THOUGHTS: Venice continues to dominate as the No. 1 overall team in the region and the only team that could catch them – if they defeat the Indians next week – is Sarasota Riverview. Otherwise, things are starting to shape up as to who we might see in the playoffs from this region. It should be noted that Steinbrenner will be in after clinching District 8A-11 last week.

REGION 4

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Miami Palmetto 6-1 0.708
2 Western 5-2 0.672
3 Boca Raton 6-1 0.662
4 Deerfield Beach 5-2 0.617
5 Columbus 4-3 0.611
6 South Dade 3-3 0.574
7 Dr. Krop 5-1 0.573
8 Coral Glades 4-1 0.572
9 Cypress Bay 5-2 0.562
10 Miami 3-2 0.544
11 Coral Reef 4-3 0.523
12 Monarch 3-3 0.521
13 Stoneman Douglas 2-3 0.512
14 Miami Beach 3-2 0.481
15 Flanagan 3-3 0.459
16 Southwest Miami 1-5 0.433
17 West Broward 2-4 0.412
18 Coral Springs 1-5 0.397
19 West Boca Raton 1-4 0.349
20 Coral Gables 0-5 0.311
21 Taravella 0-8 0.311

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPS
This is based on current district standings and taking the highest-rated team among the district standings if they have won district games. Should a district not have any district games played as of yet, the highest-rated team will be mythically slotted in as a district champion for projection purposes only. Teams highlighted in red have officially clinched their district championship. 

8A-13: Boca Raton – No. 3
8A-14: Western – No. 2
8A-15: Dr. Krop – No. 4
8A-16: Miami Palmetto – No. 1

PROJECTED REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS

No. 8 Coral Glades vs. No. 1 Miami Palmetto
No. 5 Deerfield Beach vs. No. 4 Dr. Krop
No. 6 Columbus vs. No. 3 Boca Raton
No. 7 South Dade vs. No. 2 Western

QUICK THOUGHTS: With two of the four districts now having secured district champions the fight is on for the remaining district to lock in place and with teams left fighting to get a wildcard spot. Miami Palmetto is by the No. 1 leader in the region and likely could stay that way depending on how things shape out the next three weeks.