The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has unveiled its first RPI ranking for its six football classes and the math offers a few surprises, though there are still six weeks to work out before the top seeds settle in and the playoffs. playoffs don’t start.
Perhaps the biggest surprise comes from Class 5A, where Woodford County and Graves Country rank 1-2 ahead of Frederick Douglass and South Warren.
The Broncos have been almost unanimously a No.1 Class 5A since the Associated Press media rankings came out after Week 3 and South Warren was ranked as Dave Cantrall’s No.1 Class 5A team this week. Cantrall ranks Woodford at No.8 and Graves County at No.12.
The KHSAA “Rating Percent Index” is formula-based which includes the winning percentage of a team, the winning percentage of their opponents and the winning percentage of their opponents. It also weights matches against teams from other classes differently, with wins against smaller class opponents multiplied by a lower factor than larger opponents.
Kentucky Country Day is # 1 in Class A. Lexington Christian is # 1 in Class 2A with almost a tenth of an audience rating over # 2 Mayfield. Christian Academy-Louisville ranks first in 3A with Boyle County # 1 in 5A and Male # 1 in 6A.
The KHSAA began using its RPI formula in 2019 to seed its football qualifiers from the third round or âregional championshipâ in each of the classes. The remaining eight teams in each class at this point are separated by east and west and then ranked so that, for example, the highest ranked team in the east plays the lowest ranked team in the ‘is. The RPI seeds are set in the final week of the regular season and extend into the state semifinals as well.
Last season, teams were able to withdraw from games for any reason to adjust to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, if a team has to withdraw from a match due to COVID-19 protocols, that match is forfeited and affects their RPI ranking. The KHSAA has detailed how he tries to reduce this impact on his website.
Here are the top 10 teams in each class, according to the first KHSAA RPI scores of the 2021 football season. Full ratings are at KHSAA.org.