FHSAA Logo [Courtesy of The Florida High School Athletic Association]

10 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 the final week of the regular season. As such this is going to be our last RPI breakdown for the 2021 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 has become much clearer with some teams already done for the regular season and other teams having one game remaining.

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

Advertisement

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 Seminole (Sanford) 9-1 0.730
2 Bartram Trail 8-1 0.707
3 Lake Mary 8-1 0.704
4 Apopka 7-2 0.645
5 Creekside 7-2 0.622
6 Timber Creek 7-2 0.614
7 Winter Park 6-3 0.601
8 Lake Brantley 5-4 0.563
9 DeLand 3-4 0.552
10 Oviedo 5-4 0.552
11 Ocoee 6-3 0.550
12 Flagler Palm Coast 4-4 0.549
13 Mandarin 4-5 0.532
14 Oakleaf 4-5 0.503
15 Hagerty 5-4 0.494
16 Sandalwood 3-6 0.486
17 West Port 1-8 0.426
18 Colonial 3-6 0.407
19 Evans 2-7 0.400
20 University (Orlando) 2-7 0.393

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: Seminole (Sanford) – No. 1
8A-3: Apopka – No. 3
8A-4: Timber Creek – No. 4

PROJECTED REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS

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

QUICK THOUGHTS: In a stunning turn of events last week Timber Creek clinched district 8A-4 and jumped up from the No. 7 seed to the No. 4 seed. With all that said, Winter Park now falls into the No. 7 and that is the only notable change for the at-large berths.

REGION 2

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Palm Beach Central 8-0 0.704
2 Treasure Coast 7-1 0.677
3 Vero Beach 6-2 0.638
4 Boone 7-2 0.614
5 Palm Beach Gardens 6-3 0.580
6 Forest Hill 6-2 0.578
7 Wellington 6-3 0.540
8 Lake Nona 6-3 0.537
9 Centennial 4-4 0.531
10 Park Vista 6-2 0.523
11 Freedom (Orlando) 6-4 0.469
12 Jupiter 4-5 0.452
13 Fort Pierce Central 3-6 0.446
14 Oak Ridge 3-6 0.417
15 Lake Worth 2-6 0.397
16 Palm Beach Lakes 1-8 0.393
17 Tohopekaliga 2-7 0.372
18 Royal Palm Beach 0-8 0.366
19 Santaluces 1-8 0.346
20 John I. Leonard 1-8 0.325
21 Cypress Creek (Orlando) 2-7 0.313

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 Lake Nona 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: All the district champions are locked in place and there is no change to the order of the top four from last week to this week. However, there are changes in the final two seeds regarding the at-large berths with Wellington moving up to the No. 7 seed while Lake Nona jumps to the No. 8 seed with Centennial now sitting at No. 9 after being No. 7 last week.

REGION 3

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Venice 8-1 0.730
2 Riverview (Sarasota) 7-2 0.687
3 West Orange 9-1 0.679
4 Newsome 7-2 0.641
5 Osceola (Kissimmee) 7-2 0.614
6 Steinbrenner 6-4 0.592
7 Durant 8-2 0.584
8 Plant City 5-4 0.576
9 Sarasota 6-3 0.570
10 Plant 6-3 0.568
11 Dr. Phillips 4-6 0.556
12 East Lake 3-6 0.512
13 Olympia 4-5 0.500
14 Gulf Coast 3-6 0.496
15 Celebration 5-4 0.485
16 Lakewood Ranch 3-6 0.472
17 Alonso 5-4 0.467
18 Palm Harbor University 3-6 0.462
19 Riverview (Riverview) 2-7 0.401
20 Windermere 2-7 0.371

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

QUICK THOUGHTS: With all the districts locked in, there are no changes to the order of the top four teams in the region. However, there are some shifts in the order of the at-large berths with Osceola moving up to No. 6 with Durant losing who slides to No. 7. Outside of that Plant City remains as the No. 8 seeded with Sarasota not far behind at No. 9.

REGION 4

Rank Team Record RPI
1 Western 7-2 0.679
2 Miami Palmetto 6-2 0.660
3 Columbus 6-3 0.647
4 Deerfield Beach 7-2 0.632
5 Boca Raton 7-2 0.627
6 Coral Glades 6-1 0.619
7 Miami 5-3 0.551
8 Cypress Bay 6-3 0.545
9 Stoneman Douglas 5-3 0.541
10 Monarch 4-3 0.532
11 South Dade 3-5 0.524
12 Dr. Krop 5-3 0.500
13 Miami Beach 5-3 0.499
14 Coral Reef 4-5 0.474
15 Flanagan 3-5 0.472
16 West Broward 3-5 0.443
17 Southwest Miami 2-6 0.435
18 Coral Springs 2-7 0.424
19 Coral Gables 1-5 0.371
20 West Boca Raton 1-8 0.352
21 Taravella 0-9 0.325

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: Deerfield Beach – 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 Miami High vs. No. 1 Miami Palmetto
No. 5 Columbus vs. No. 4 Dr. Krop
No. 6 Boca Raton vs. No. 3 Deerfield Beach
No. 7 Coral Glades vs. No. 2 Western

QUICK THOUGHTS: With Deerfield Beach blanking Boca Raton last week, the District 8A-13 championship has been locked up. As such Deerfield Beach now moves into the No. 3 seed with no other changes taking place among the top four seeds. With the at-large berths, Columbus moves up from No. 6 to No. 5 while Boca Raton falls into the No. 6 seed with Coral Glades rising up to the No. 7 seed and Miami High sliding in at No. 8. Cypress Bay is the first team out in the region although they are ranked No. 8 overall in the regional rankings.