Coaches poll se fue

One of the four de factos to be put out to pasture per sources is the Coaches Poll. In Colorado high school football the determination to gain a spot into postseason relies on various algorithms (Coaches Poll, MaxPreps, Packard and RPI) all that no one real understands. In fact the human determination exists in the Sunday seedings that are often scrutinized because they are manipulated to obtain better gate monies for the association that keeps the postseason revenues to pay their salaries. WOW making money off kids!

One of the four in the (Coaches Poll) adds little to no value because the input reporting lacks participation and is said will be terminated in the next two years cycle. Yes the voters do not vote as the season goes on and the voting diminishes like the competition after a few weeks.

In the preseason everyone is exited and undefeated and by week one with a DUB, 50% of coaches remain elevated and it’s open season for rankings. As the weeks pass and the losses pile up so does that lack of energy to click and populate the current weekly coaches poll. 

In addition do the coaches really know all the teams or view 20-21 games weekly? 

Most likely NOT! 

Yes they know how their weekly opponents play but the 30 or so teams not on their schedule is what is not discussed. In reality, less because the vast majority of the teams have a layup GAMEDAY in WK1 for a morale victory! Sometimes it’s a rivalry game for kids living within the same community which is old fashioned but nice for a sense of school pride within their district. It’s easy to concede one game week given that strength in schedules dominates football polling, especially when strength in schedule dictates pecking order. Also there are not 10 solid teams in any classification.

Bottom line is that all of these algorithms are discriminatory due to the inability of analysis to construct competitive classifications and leagues. YES get rid of attendance or head count as a determination to play down. Use like competition across all sports and not make it about convenience for Athletic Directors. Schools administrators and teachers are hired for the best interests of the kids not self interests.

A close examination of all seven classes will net three or four teams continue to dominate their respective classification and adorn the trophy on the annual. Thus, when teams have a given of 5 conference games usually weeks 6-10, it becomes a scramble to identify teams that will be ranked Top 5 to put on their schedule for weeks 1-5 and non conference. Again the perceived non competitive balance occurs as the development teams or others considered annual bottom feeders rarely get opportunities for meaningful competition and games to earn credits for algorithms. If better teams schedule the less competitive it usually results in a lopsided affair. Examine the running clocks that do not develop the players like a traditional competitive contest. In some instances games are over by halftime but coaches pull the reigns so they can play tertiary players that would not obtain varsity reps versus the top teams. Also make parents and siblings happy they paid admissions to see their player get in on a series or two. Unfortunately that opens up another problem for JV. But that’s another topic for another time.

In the end a coaches poll that makes up 25% of the postseason algorithm for spreadsheets is about to get CUT! 

Great in theory but not practical. Truest fans would rather see a 10-7 loss team ranked higher than the 42-0 team. Moreover, seeing winning neighborhood teams higher up in polls and not the assembled All Star teams exploiting players and competition is what a vast majority of people want to see. Yes they are smart fans loyal to their attendance area and aware of the decades of deceit from some coaching staffs to win at all costs and circumvent the association bylaws. So maybe coaches should vote these teams further down in their poll and create a human element of cheaters never prosper. Wishful thinking and would flip some wigs if an eventual(10-0) team was not in TOP 10 position weekly in the soon to be defunct coaches Poll.

Another hot mess in 2021 to hopefully be rectified properly in 2022. While basketball received the 6A classification it’s been tabled for football. Realize 6A football is not a solution unless the group adds 7A and 8A to help 1A, 2A and 3A that have similar issues to the over emphasized current 5A.

As for future success in scheduling, put all the teams in a lottery and pick their schedules by random chance to even the playing fields. Maybe the algorithms will finally make more sense.

Why aren’t you part of the equation?

Traditional neighborhood teams are being squeezed out as participation from little league football to high schools decline. More dad coaches are lining the sideline on game days in efforts to secure players for survival and competition. Another shift in recruitment made popular by assistant coaches is the off season roster training and 7v7 now club travel as lack of competitive teams. The talent pool has diminished as more street hustlers promise next level dreams but as long as you can pay you can participate. The top tier players are not getting any better playing and practicing with inferior coaches pay to participate teams.

The advantage has become the people collecting money and subscription fees and payments. The long-standing effect is kids playing on all Star teams at little league to win a trophy and parents wanting to capitalize on their desire for a state title to pas their resumes. Winning has become a status symbol and not necessarily an accomplishment. Anyone can manage a recruitment team but those whom are coaches are coaching the organic homegrown players and individuals.

For many years the blame has been on private schools and their advantage to gain statewide enrollment versus attendance area geography. Maybe 30 years ago a few athletes changed the dichotomy. However, in the past decade one public school has made a mockery of the umbrella association that governs high school sports. Not only in football but raping and pillaging schools statewide with promises of next level recruitment. It’s become so bad kids are commuting to attend classes and not even live in the attendance area. Some families become host homes like hockey in Canada.

The bottom line is that the upper classifications have made sports unequivocally inequitable. The umbrella association will blame athletic directors and take the stance of the model a self policing honor code system. Unfortunately since the 1990’s to current that’s not working properly and most notable for one coaches staff that has set a blueprint for others to duplicate. Nowadays they all fight for the diminishing numbers of little league and promise 3 to 4 years on a varsity squad not because these players are that talented but a necessity to have bodies to pay staffs salaries, trainings and trips out of state because of the lack of competition within this state.

Every state has a few quality teams at each classification but as many are seeing prep academies are catering to the wealthy parents whom seek attention from sports rather than academic competition and scholarships. The inequalities will continue and in the past decade when teams are winning the kids gravitate towards trophies and teams on TV. Well TV is suspect as many wealthy schools paid to be on cable because the local networks see prep sports as a looser for advertising dollars. The berths of paid subscription streaming has become popular. As long as you can pay the fees or garner sponsorship fees you too can be on streaming services. Hence not all of the state is represented and the rankings become futile because no one is actively watching the statewide teams to properly evaluate on the weekly.

Ego has become the bravado for fame and thumping chests when the landscape has become messy and dramatic.

All this being said, it is August and football has officially started. Rosters might conceivably be posted but will become official on week one, August 26-28, 2021. All the transfers will be identified and addresses figured out, wink-wink in addition to the athletic directors honor code statements to the association.

In 5A the traditional teams loaded up and some teams avoided a competitive level of teams in their 10 games. The RPI will definitely help teams rankings and those teams whom have postseason playoff appearances which is not tough during wildcard 32 team berths and now 24. Coaches poll can be a godsend or a nightmare based on how honest they poll. The Packard is basically RPI so the top tier teams will have the advantage. Nobody wants to play the little sisters of the poor. Hence why we have a developmental conference that ironically doesn’t develop. They should be playing with like talent and not be based on the schools enrollment!


  • 1. Valor
  • 2. Cherry Creek (Loaded Up Again)
  • Rest probably doesn’t matter
  • 3. Ralston Valley is the team to watch in Jeffco and has DEPTH 
  • 4. Columbine
  • 5. Eaglecrest 
  • 6. Legend 
  • 7. Grandview 
  • 8. Fairview 
  • 9. RJHS 
  • 10. Legacy 
  • Pomona is a wildcard with a new HC and struggling to keep up with conference foes RV & CHS. Only time will tell if they are pretenders or contenders predicated on past performance. Heck of an OL/DL but skills need to step up. Also may have lost key players to transfer(s)
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  1. Palmer Ridge
  2. Dakota Ridge
  3. Pueblo West
  4. Loveland
  5. Broomfield
  6. Montrose
  7. FFC
  8. Windsor
  9. Vista Ridge 
  10. Pine Creek is playing a 5A schedule and 4A playoff schedule and hard to determine their status. They will be young but not the high flying team of yesteryear.

GAMEDAY is August 26-28 so not much juggling with team rankings unless rosters are updated and scrimmages provide the much needed information about old faces in new places.


5A 2.0 Update 08/15/2021

1. Valor

2. Cherry Creek (Loaded Up Again)

3. Columbine

4. Grandview 

5. Ralston Valley is the team to watch in Jeffco and has DEPTH

6. Legend 

7. Fairview 

8. Legacy 

9. ThunderRidge

10. Eaglecrest 

4A 2.0 Update 08/15/2021

  1. Palmer Ridge
  2. Dakota Ridge
  3. Pueblo West
  4. Loveland
  5. Broomfield
  6. Montrose
  7. FFC
  8. Vista Ridge 
  9. Windsor
  10. Erie