Help me out here. Max Preps shows Teton as #5 and South as #4 on 10/30. But, the State brackets show Teton as #4 and South as #7.
Am I missing a step in the process? I am excited the Teton kids are still playing and at home, but what did I miss? The top 7 in Max Preps are still in.
I've heard that the MaxPreps Algorithm factors wins or losses by 15+ points heavily. Both South and Teton played Marsh Valley. South lost 41-21, while Teton won a 41-40 shootout, and then followed that up with a 56-14 drubbing. Plus, they both played Snake River. South lost by 10, and Teton won by 27, along with whatever other shenanigans factored in that are probably cancelling out the fact that South owns the head-to-head matchup.
Regardless of rankings, however, 3A outside of Sugar and Homedale has felt like a giant crapshoot all season. It wouldn't completely shock me to see Bonners Ferry and Teton making the semifinals, and neither team has been relevant for 20 years. In fact, the only game I feel 100 percent confident in the outcome is Sugar-Fruitland. As much as I'd love to see Fruitland pull off the upset, I don't see any 3A team coming within 14 points of Sugar, and that's not discounting the other 7 teams. It's 2002 Snake River, or 2012 Shelley all over again.