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Number of automatic qualifiers is up to 165 after Week 8 action: Who’s in, who’s out, who’s close

By: , October 21, 2019, 11:48 am

Week 8’s action saw 55 new teams punch their ticket with a sixth win (or fifth win, if they only had eight games scheduled), pushing the total of qualified playoff teams to 165 with one week to go in the regular season. To get to the 256 teams needed for the playoff field, the remaining 91 squads will have to come either from the 62 teams that currently sit on the precipice at 5-3 (or 4-4 in the case of Tawas) earning the last win needed for automatic qualifying, or filled out from those of the 78 teams that currently sit at 4-4 making it in at 5-4.

Here’s who’s in, who’s out, who’s close:

Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph Conference

New this week: None

Already in: Berrien Springs (7-0, 3-0 BCS)

On the precipice: None

Big “8” Conference

New this week: Jonesville (6-2, 6-1 Big “8”); Homer (6-2, 5-2 Big “8”)

Already in: Reading (7-1, 7-0 Big “8”)

On the precipice: None

Possible 5-4 teams: Concord (4-4, 3-4 Big “8”)

Big North Conference

New this week: Traverse City West (6-2, 3-1 BNC)

Already in: Traverse City Central (6-1, 4-0 BNC)

On the precipice: Cadillac (5-3, 2-2 BNC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Alpena (4-4, 3-2 BNC)

Blue Water Area Conference

New this week: North Branch (5-2, 4-2 BWAC)

Already in: Almont (8-0, 7-0 BWAC), Richmond (7-1, 6-1 BWAC)

On the precipice: None

Possible 5-4 teams: Croswell-Lexington (4-4, 4-3 BWAC), Imlay City (4-4, 3-4 BWAC)

Capital Area Activities Association

New this week: DeWitt (6-2, 4-1 CAAC Blue), East Lansing (6-2, 4-1 CAAC Blue), Holt (6-2, 4-1 CAAC Blue)

Already in: Mason (8-0, 5-0 CAAC Red), Portland (7-0, 5-0 CAAC White), Fowlerville (6-2, 4-1 CAAC Red), Lansing Catholic (7-1, 4-1 CAAC White), Portland (7-1, 5-0 CAAC White)

On the precipice: St. Johns (5-3, 3-2 CAAC Red), Williamston (5-3, 2-3 CAAC Red)

Possible 5-4 teams: Lansing Everett (4-4, 3-3 CAAC Blue)

Cascades Conference

New this week: None.

Already in: Grass Lake (7-1, 6-1 Cascades), Addison (7–1, 7-0 Cascades)

On the precipice: Manchester (5-3, 5-2 Cascades)

Possible 5-4 teams: Hanover-Horton (4-4, 4-3 Cascades)

Catholic League

New this week: None

Already in: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (7-1, 2-1 CHSL Central), Royal Oak Shrine (6-2, 3-1 CHSL Intersectional 2), Clarkston Everest Collegiate (7-0, 4-0 CHSL Intersectional 2), Riverview Gabriel Richard (7-1, 3-0 CHSL Intersectional 1)

On the precipice: Detroit U-D Jesuit (5-3, 4-0 CHSL AA), Birmingham Brother Rice (5-3, 1-2 CHSL Central), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (5-3, 1-3 CHSL AA), Warren De La Salle (5-3, 1-2 CHSL Central), Madison Heights Bishop Foley (5-3, 2-2 CHSL Intersectional 2)

Possible 5-4 teams: Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (4-4, 0-4 CHSL AA), Novi Detroit Catholic Central (4-4, 2-1 CHSL Central), Macomb Lutheran North (4-4, 1-2 CHSL Intersectional 1), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (4-4, 1-2 CHSL Intersectional 1)

Central Michigan Athletic Conference

New this week: Laingsburg (6-2, 5-2 CMAC)

Already in: Fowler (7-1, 6-1 CMAC), Pewamo-Westphalia (8-0, 6-0 CMAC)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: None.

Central State Activities Association

New this week: Grant (6-2, 6-2 CSAA Gold), Kent City (6-2, 3-1 CSAA Silver)

Already in: Central Montcalm (7-1, 6-1 CSAA Gold)

On the precipice: Reed City (5-3, 5-2 CSAA Gold), Morley-Stanwood (6-2, 4-0 CSAA Silver),, Newaygo (5-3, 5-2 CSAA Gold)

Possible 5-4 teams: Remus Chippewa Hills (4-4, 4-3 CSAA Gold)

Charter School Conference

New this week: Romulus Summit (6-2, 4-1 CSC)

Already in: Warren Michigan Collegiate (7-1, 5-0 CSC)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Mt. Clemens (4-4, 1-4 CSC)

Detroit Public School League

New this week: Detroit King (6-2, 3-0 PSL-2), Detroit Henry Ford (6-2, 1-1 PSL-3)

Already in: Detroit Denby (7-1, 2-1 PSL-2), Detroit Central (7-1, 2-0 PSL-3)

On the precipice:, Detroit Mumford (5-3, 2-1 PSL-1), Detroit Osborn (5-3, 3-0 PSL-4), Detroit Western (5-3, 1-2 PSL-2), Detroit CMA (5-3, 1-2 PSL-4)

Possible 5-4 teams: Detroit Cass Tech (4-4, 2-1 PSL-1), Detroit Renaissance (4-4, 2-1 PSL-1), Detroit Southeastern (4-4, 2-1 PSL-4)

Downriver League

New this week: Wyandotte (6-2, 5-2 DL), Allen Park (6-2, 5-2 DL), Gibraltar Carlson (6-2, 5-2 DL)

Already in: Woodhaven (8-0, 8-0 DL)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Trenton (4-4, 4-3 DL)

Flint Metro League

New this week:

Already in: Fenton (7-1, 5-0 FML-Stripes), Flint Kearsley (6-2, 4-1 FML-Stripes), Goodrich (6-2, 5-0 FML-Stars), Ortonville Brandon (7-1, 4-1 FML-Stars).

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Flushing (4-4, 3-2 FML-Stripes)

Genesee Area Conference

New this week: Flint Beecher (5-2, 2-1 GAC)**

Already in: Flint Hamady (6-1, 2-0 GAC)**

On the precipice: None

Possible 5-4 teams: none.

Great Northern UP Conference

New this week: None.

Already in: Escanaba (6-2, 3-1 GNUP)

On the precipice: Menominee (5-3, 2-2 GNUP).

Possible 5-4 teams: Marquette (4-4, 3-0 GNUP), Kingsford (4-4, 1-2 GNUP)

Greater Lansing Athletic Conference

New this week: None

Already in: Olivet (7-1, 4-0 GLAC)

On the precipice: None

Possible 5-4 teams: Perry (4-4, 1-3 GLAC)

Greater Thumb Conference

New this week: Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker (6-2, 4-2 GTC-West)

Already in: Harbor Beach (8-0, 6-0 GTC-East), Ubly (7-1, 5-1 GTC-East), Cass City (7-1, 6-0 GTC-West)

On the precipice: Sandusky (5-3, 4-2 GTC-East), Unionville-Sebewaing Area (5-3, 5-1 GTC-West)

Possible 5-4 teams: Brown City (4-4, 3-3 GTC-East), Bad Axe (4-4, 3-3 GTC-West)

Highland Conference

New this week: Houghton Lake (6-2, 6-1 HC)

Already in: Beal City (7-1, 6-1 HC)

On the precipice: Lake City (5-3, 5-2 HC), McBain (5-3, 5-2 HC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Evart (4-4, 3-4 HC).

Huron League

New this week: Riverview (6-2, 5-2)

Already in: Milan (8-0, 7-0 HL), Monroe St. Mary CC (7-1, 6-1 HL)

On the precipice: Carleton Airport (5-3, 4-3 HL)

Possible 5-4 teams: None.

Independents

New this week: West Branch Ogemaw Heights (6-2)

Already in: Birmingham Detroit Country Day (8-0), Niles Brandywine (8-0), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (7-1), Detroit Leadership (7-1)

On the precipice: Detroit Public Safety (5-3), Sault Ste. Marie (5-3), Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (5-3)

Possible 5-4 teams: Benton Harbor (4-4)

Interstate Eight Athletic Conference

New this week: Parma Western (6-2, 5-2 IEAC)

Already in: Jackson Lumen Christi (8-0, 7-0 IEAC), Coldwater (7-1, 6-1 IEAC)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Marshall (4-4, 4-3 IEAC)

Jack Pine Conference

New this week: Sanford Meridian (6-2, 5-2 JPC)

Already in: Beaverton (8-0, 7-0 JPC), Clare (7-1, 6-1 JPC)

On the precipice: Shepherd (5-3, 4-3 JPC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Harrison (4-4, 3-4 JPC)

Kensington Lakes Activities Association

New this week: None.

Already in: Belleville (8-0, 7-0 KLAA East), Livonia Franklin (6-2, 5-2 KLAA East), Plymouth (8-0, 7-0 KLAA West), Dearborn Fordson (7-1, 6-1 KLAA East), Brighton (7-1, 6-1 KLAA West)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Livonia Churchill (4-4, 4-3 KLAA East), Dearborn (4-4, 3-4 KLAA East), Canton (4-4, 4-3 KLAA West), Hartland (4-4, 4-3 KLAA West), Howell (4-4, 4-3 KLAA West)

Lakes Eight Conference

New this week: Ludington (6-2, 2-2 LEC), Muskegon Catholic Central (5-2, 3-1 LEC)**

Already in: Muskegon Orchard View (8-0, 4-0 LEC)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: None.

Lakes Valley Conference

New this week: White Lake Lakeland (6-2, 5-2 LVC)
Already in: Walled Lake Western (7-1, 7-0 LVC) South Lyon (7-1, 6-1 LVC)

On the precipice: Waterford Mott (5-3, 4-3 LVC)

Possible 5-4 teams: None.

Lenawee County Athletic Association

New this week: Blissfield (6-2, 5-1 LCAA), Onsted (6-2, 4-2 LCAA).

Already in: Hillsdale (8-0, 6-0 LCAA)

On the precipice: Dundee (5-3, 4-2 LCAA)

Possible 5-4 teams: Brooklyn Columbia Central (4-4, 2-4 LCAA)

Macomb Area Conference

New this week: St. Clair Shores Lakeview (6-2, 4-1 MAC Blue), Warren Mott (6-2, 4-1 MAC White)

Already in: Chippewa Valley (8-0, 5-0 MAC Red), Marine City (8-0, 5-0 MAC Silver), St. Clair (7-1, 4-1 MAC Silver), Port Huron Northern (7-1, 5-0 MAC Blue), Romeo (6-2, 3-2 MAC Red), Grosse Pointe South (7-1, 5-0 MAC White), Utica Eisenhower (6-2, 4-1 MAC Red),

On the precipice: Port Huron (5-3, 3-2 MAC Blue), Clintondale (5-3, 4-1 MAC Bronze), Sterling Heights (5-3, 4-1 MAC Gold), Marysville (5-3, 3-2 MAC Silver), Clawson (5-3, 5-0 MAC Bronze), Eastpointe (5-3, 4-1 MAC Gold), Mt. Clemens L’Anse Creuse (5-3, 4-1 MAC Gold)

Possible 5-4 teams: Warren Lincoln (4-4, 3-2 MAC Bronze), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (4-4, 2-3 MAC Gold), Macomb Dakota (4-4, 2-3 MAC Red), Sterling Heights Stevenson (4-4, 1-4 MAC Red), Madison Heights Madison (4-4, 2-3 MAC Silver), Utica Ford (4-4, 3-2 MAC White)

Michigan Independent Athletic Conference

New this week: Whitmore Lake (6-2, 6-0 MIAC), Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (6-2, 5-1 MIAC)

Already in: None

On the precipice: Livonia Clarenceville (5-3, 4-1 MIAC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Southfield Christian (4-4, 3-3 MIAC)

Michigan Metro Athletic Conference

New this week: None.

Already in: River Rouge (7-1, 3-0 MMAC-Blue)

On the precipice: Detroit Community (5-3, 3-0 MMAC-Red)

Possible 5-4 teams: Ecorse (4-4, 2-1 MMAC-Red)

Mid-Michigan Activities Conference

New this week: None.

Already in: New Lothrop (8-0, 7-0 MMAC), Montrose (7-1, 6-1 MMAC)

On the precipice: Byron (5-3, 5-1 MMAC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Durand (4-4, 3-4 MMAC), Mt. Morris (4-4, 3-4 MMAC)

Mid-State Athletic Conference

New this week: Merrill (6-2, 2-2 MSAC)

Already in: Breckenridge (7-1, 4-0 MSAC)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Carson City-Crystal (4-4, 3-1 MSAC), Montabella (4-4, 1-3 MSAC)

North Star League

New this week: None.

Already in: Oscoda (7-1, 4-0 NSL)

On the precipice: None

Possible 5-4 teams: Tawas (4-4, 2-2 NSL)

Northern Michigan Football League

New this week: Harbor Springs (6-2, 3-1 NMFL-Legacy), Traverse City St. Francis (6-2, 5-1 NMFL-Legends)

Already in: Maple City Glen Lake (7-1, 4-0 NMFL-Leaders), Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-0, 3-0 NMFL-Legacy), Kingsley (8-0, 5-0 NMFL-Legends)

On the precipice: Charlevoix (5-3, 3-1 NMFL-Leaders),

Possible 5-4 teams: Mancelona (4-4, 2-2 NMFL-Leaders), St. Ignace (4-4, 2-2 NMFL-Legacy), Boyne City (4-4, 4-1 NMFL-Legends)

Oakland Activities Association

New this week: Rochester Adams (6-2, 4-2 OAA Red)

Already in: North Farmington (8-0, 6-0 OAA Blue), Farmington (7-1, 5-1 OAA Blue), West Bloomfield (7-1, 6-0 OAA Red), Lake Orion (7-1, 5-1 OAA Red), Oak Park (7-1, 6-0 OAA White), Birmingham Groves (7-1, 5-1 OAA White)

On the precipice:, Birmingham Seaholm (5-3, 4-2 OAA White), Stoney Creek (5-3, 3-3 OAA White)

Possible 5-4 teams: Ferndale (4-4, 4-2 OAA Blue), Auburn Hills Avondale (4-4, 3-3 OAA Blue), Southfield A&T (4-4, 2-4 OAA Red).

Ottawa-Kent Conference

New this week: Grand Rapids Christian (6-2, 5-0 OK-Gold), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (6-2, 4-1 OK-White)

Already in: Muskegon (8-0, 5-0 OK-Black), Byron Center (8-0, 5-0 OK-Green), Hopkins (8-0, 6-0 OK-Silver), Grandville (7-1, 4-1 OK-Red), Rockford (7-1, 4-1 OK-Red), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (7-1, 5-0 OK-Blue), Sparta (7-1, 4-1 OK-Blue), Zeeland West (7-1, 4-1 OK-Green), Cedar Springs (7-1, 5-0 OK-White), Muskegon Mona Shores (6-2, 4-1 OK-Black)

On the precipice: East Grand Rapids (5-3, 4-1 OK-Gold), Zeeland East (5-3, 3-2 OK-Green), Hudsonville Unity Christian (5-3, 2-3 OK-Green), Muskegon Reeths-Puffer (5-3, 3-2 OK-Black), Allendale (5-3, 4-1 OK-Blue), East Kentwood (5-3, 3-2 OK-Red), Hudsonville (5-3, 3-2 OK-Red), Grand Rapids Northview (5-3, 3-2 OK-White)

Possible 5-4 teams: Fruitport (4-4, 2-3 OK-Black), Spring Lake (4-4, 3-3 OK-Blue), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (4-4, 3-2 OK-Gold), Grand Rapids South Christian (4-4, 3-2 OK-Gold), Holland Christian (4-4, 3-3 OK-Green), Hamilton (4-4, 1-4 OK-Green), Grand Haven (4-4, 3-3 OK-Red), Lowell (4-4, 3-2 OK-White)

Saginaw Valley League

New this week: Flint Powers (6-2, 2-2 SVL-Blue)

Already in: Midland (8-0, 6-0 SVL-Red), Davison (7-1, 4-0 SVL-Blue), Lapeer (7-1, 4-0 SVL-Blue), Mt. Pleasant (6-2, 4-2 SVL-Red)

On the precipice: Grand Blanc (5-3, 2-3 SVL-Blue), Midland Dow (5-3, 5-1 SVL-Red)

Possible 5-4 teams: Saginaw Heritage (4-4, 3-3 SVL-Red)

Southeastern Conference

New this week: Temperance Bedford (6-2, 4-1 SEC-Red), Pinckney (6-2, 5-2 SEC White)

Already in: Chelsea (8-0, 7-0 SEC-White), Saline (7-1, 5-0 SEC-Red), Dexter (7-1, 6-1 SEC-White), Jackson (5-3, 4-3 SEC-White)**

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Ann Arbor Pioneer (4-4, 3-2 SEC Red)

South Central Athletic Association

New this week: None.

Already in: Adrian Lenawee Christian (6-1, 2-0 SCAA)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Pittsford (4-4, 1-1 SCAA)

Southwest 10 Conference

New this week: Centreville (6-2, 5-2 SW10)

Already in: Cassopolis (8-0, 7-0 SW10), Mendon (6-2, 5-2 SW10), White Pigeon (7-1, 6-1 SW10)

On the precipice: Hartford (5-3, 4-3 SW10)

Possible 5-4 teams: None.

Southwestern Athletic Conference

New this week: Constantine (6-2, 3-1 SWAC-Valley)

Already in: Lawton (8-0, 4-0 SWAC-Lakeshore), Schoolcraft (8-0, 4-0 SWAC-Valley)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Kalamazoo Hackett (4-4, 3-1 SWAC-Valley), Delton Kellogg (4-4, 1-3 SWAC-Valley)

Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference 

New this week: None.

Already in: Battle Creek Lakeview (8-0, 4-0 SMAC-East), St. Joseph (6-2, 4-0 SMAC-West), Portage Northern (7-1, 4-0 SMAC-West)

On the precipice: None.

Possible 5-4 teams: Mattawan (4-4, 1-3 SMAC-West), Portage Central (4-4, 1-3 SMAC-West), Stevensville Lakeshore (4-4, 1-3 SMAC-West).

Tri-County Conference

New this week: Sand Creek (6-2, 3-2 Tri-County)

Already in: Clinton (8-0, 6-0 Tri-County)

On the precipice: Ottawa Lake Whiteford (5-3, 4-1 Tri-County)

Possible 5-4 teams: Adrian Madison (4-4, 2-3 Tri-County), Britton-Deerfield (4-4, 2-3 Tri-County)

Tri-Valley Conference

New this week: Saginaw Swan Valley (6-2, 6-1 TVC-Central), Freeland (6-2, 5-2 TVC-Central), Midland Bullock Creek (6-2, 3-1 TVC-West-I), Hemlock (6-2, 2-2 TVC-West-I)

Already in: Frankenmuth (8-0, 7-0 TVC-Central), Ithaca (7-1, 3-1 TVC-West-I)

On the precipice: Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary (5-3, 4-0 TVC-West-II), Essexville Garber (5-3, 4-3 TVC-Central)

Possible 5-4 teams: Carrollton (4-4, 1-3 TVC-West-I), Millington (4-4, 1-3 TVC-West-I), Saginaw Nouvel (4-4, 3-1 TVC-West-II)

West Michigan Conference

New this week: Montague (6-2, 5-2 WMC)

Already in: Muskegon Oakridge (8-0, 7-0 WMC), Ravenna (6-2, 6-1 WMC)

On the precipice: North Muskegon (5-3, 4-3 WMC)

Western Peninsula Athletic Conference

New this week: Ishpeming Westwood (6-2, 4-2 West-PAC-Copper), Negaunee (6-2, 4-2 West-PAC-Copper), Ishpeming (6-2, 6-0 West-PAC-Iron), Iron River West Iron County (6-2, 5-1 West-PAC-Iron)

Already in: Iron Mountain (8-0, 6-0 West-PAC-Copper), Calumet (7-1, 5-1 West-PAC-Copper)

On the precipice: Bark River-Harris (5-3, 4-2 West-PAC-Iron), Lake Linden-Hubbell (5-3, 4-2 West-PAC-Iron)

Possible 5-4 teams: Hancock (4-4, 2-4 West-PAC-Copper), L’Anse (4-4, 2-4 West-PAC-Copper)

Western Wayne Athletic Conference

New this week: None.

Already in: Dearborn Heights Robichaud (7-1, 6-1 WWAC), Redford Thurston (7-1, 6-1 WWAC)

On the precipice: Garden City (5-3, 5-2 WWAC), Redford Union (5-3, 5-2 WWAC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Dearborn Heights Crestwood (4-4, 3-4 WWAC)

Wolverine “B” Conference

New this week: None.

Already in: Edwardsburg (8-0, 8-0 WBC), Paw Paw (8-0, 8-0 WBC)

On the precipice: Vicksburg (5-3, 5-3 WBC), Dowagiac (5-3, 5-3 WBC), Otsego (5-3, 5-3 WBC)

Possible 5-4 teams: Plainwell (4-4, 4-4 WBC)

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** — Team has fewer than nine games scheduled in the regular season.