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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Football playoff update

A few weeks ago I predicted which Oakland County football teams I thought would make the playoffs. Since my prediction 13 teams have clinched a spot and 10 teams have been eliminated (assuming none will get in at 5-4). Six teams have a chance to clinch this week. Of the six teams fighting for a spot, only Milford is playing a team with a winning record.

On the bubble (5-3 teams)
Birmingham Brother Rice — The Warriors have to get through rival Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, which is playing for nothing but pride. I’m sure the Eaglets would love to be the team to end Brother Rice’s season and give themselves an outside shot to sneak in at 5-4.
Milford — When I originally predicted the Mavericks would get in they were 5-1. They have since lost two straight and will have to beat rival Lakeland this week to get in.
Farmington — What a story Farmington is. The Falcons have won five straight since starting out 0-3 and the only thing in standing between them and a playoff berth is a 2-6 North Farmington team.
Madison Height Madison — The Eagles have been a dangerous team in the playoffs over the last few years, but need to win at home against Clawson this week.
Troy — The Colts need to rebound from a loss to Southfield and defeat rival Troy Athens. The Red Hawks defense has given up a ton of points, but they will pumped to face Troy.
West Bloomfield — The Lakers host an unpredictable team in Oak Park this week. If West Bloomfield can get an early lead they should be home free.

Already in
Auburn Hills Avondale – 6-2 (correct)
Birmingham Detroit Country Day – 6-2 (correct)
Bloomfield Hills Lahser – 7-1 (correct)
Clarkston - 6-2 (correct)
Ferndale – 7-1
Lakeland (correct)
Lake Orion – 7-1 (correct)
Madison Heights Lamphere – 6-2 (correct)
Novi Detroit Catholic Central – 5-2 (correct)
Novi – 6-2 (correct)
Oxford – 7-1 (correct)
Rochester Adams -7-1
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest – 8-0
Royal Oak Shrine – 8-0
Southfield – 7-1 (correct)
Southfield Christian – 5-2 (incorrect)
Walled Lake Western - 6-2 (correct)

Berkley 4-4 (correct); Farmington Hills Harrison – 4-4 (correct); Hazel Park 4-4 (correct); Madison Heights Bishop Foley 4-4 (incorrect); Orchard Lake St. Mary’s – 4-4 (correct); Southfield-Lathrup – 4-4 (correct); Stoney Creek – 4-4 (correct); Waterford Our Lady of the Lake 4-4 (correct); Waterford Kettering – 3-5 (correct); Waterford Mott – 4-4 (correct)

My record: 21 correct, 2 incorrect and 6 TBD.



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